Creating a Will is essential to ensure your loved ones are looked after when you are no longer here and that your estate is divided the way you would want it to be. However, far too many people make the mistake of putting off creating or updating their Will, meaning they run the risk of their wishes being ignored.
Tayntons’ Wills solicitors and lawyers, based in Gloucester, provide a friendly, straightforward Will writing service, helping to make the often complex issues involved as easy to resolve as possible. We can help you review your assets and think about exactly who and what would need to be taken care of in the event of your death.
We can also help with updating an existing Will if your circumstances or wishes have changed, as well as providing a highly effective dispute resolution service where there is disagreement over the contents of a Will.
Our Wills solicitors and lawyers know just how sensitive these matters can be, so aim to provide the empathetic but highly practical legal advice and guidance you need to make the process as stress-free as possible while ensuring no detail is missed.
We offer a fixed fee Will writing service for straightforward Wills, including discounts for Wills for couples (which are often called‘mirror Wills’). We can provide a competitive up front quote for more complex work or act for you according to an hourly rate.
The opportunity to find out for yourself where your estate will go
If you would like to find out what will happen to your estate if you don’t have a Will, we would like to invite you to try our short and simple Inheritance Questionnaire. It involves a simple questionnaire that can be completed via desktop, tablet or mobile. The questionnaire takes only a minute to complete and as soon as your heirs are identified, it will advise you of the results. In a surprising number of cases, the outcome is not what the user was expecting, prompting them to consider exactly what they want to happen to their estate when the time comes.
Our Wills services
We offer a comprehensive range of services for all of the legal aspects of Wills and inheritance to people in Gloucester, Cheltenham, the Forest of Dean and throughout Gloucestershire.
We can help you create a Will that ensures all of your assets and loved ones are taken care of in the event of your death, making this potentially intimidating process as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
Our Will writing solicitors can handle the drafting of your Will making sure everything is in place so you can have complete peace of mind.
Take a look at our top 10 reasons you should make a Will.
Updating a Will
From time to time it may be necessary to update your Will, for example if you buy a property, receive an inheritance, or get married or divorced.
We can help you review your existing Will and advise on any amendments you need to make, then take care of redrafting the Will, so there will never be any confusion about your wishes.
Disputes over Wills and inheritance can be difficult and time-consuming to resolve with the potential to cause long-term harm to important family relationships. It is therefore essential to have the right legal advice and support at the earliest opportunity.
Our highly experienced dispute resolution solicitors can help unpick even the most complicated conflicts over a Will, usually without the need for court action. This means we can generally find an amicable solution quickly and cost-effectively, minimising any emotional fallout for you and your loved ones.
How much does it cost to make a Will?
Exactly how much it costs to make a Will depends on the circumstances, for example, whether you are making a straightforward Will for yourself or whether you need to include more complicated provisions, such as a setting up a life interest trust of discretionary trust.
We offer a fixed-fee Will writing service and will be happy to provide a quote for writing a Will or any other Will related services. That way, you will know exactly how much your Will is going to cost before making a decision about using our service.
As a general indication of our pricing, our Will writing fees start at:
- £250 plus VAT for a straightforward Will for one person
- £400 plus VAT for straightforward mirror Wills for a couple
- £400 plus VAT for a Will including a life interest trust for one person
- £550 plus VAT for mirror Wills including life interest trusts for a couple
- £500 plus VAT for a Will including a Discretionary Trust for one person
- £625 plus VAT for mirror Wills including Discretionary Trusts for a couple
For more complex issues, there may sometimes be additional costs, which we will always agree with you in advance before any work is undertaken.
Common questions about Wills
Who needs a Will?
We recommend that everyone create a Will, no matter their circumstances, but it is particularly important if you own property, a business, shares or other investments, have significant savings or any other assets that will need to be dealt with when you pass away.
Making a Will allows you to set out exactly what should happen to the things you own after you are gone, making dealing with your estate much simpler and removing any potential for confusion or conflict between your loved one.
Find out more about the benefits of making a Will by taking a look at our top 10 reasons why you should make a Will.
When should you update your Will?
It is a good idea for review your Will regularly so it can be updated to reflect any changes to your estate or personal circumstances. Common times when you will likely need to update you Will include when you:
- Buy a home
- Get married
- Have children
- Get divorced
- Start a business
- Receive an inheritance
- Acquire any other significant assets
What should be included in a Will?
This will depend on your circumstances, but your Will should consider assets such as:
- Your home
- Any other property you own
- Your savings
- Investments (e.g. shares)
- Pension funds
- Insurance policies
- Your car
- The contents of your home
- Any other personal belongings
Where are Wills stored?
There are various ways to store your Will and people often have more than one copy stored in different places. The most common options are:
- Having the solicitor who prepared the Will keep the Original and provide you with a signed copy
- Keeping a copy in a safe place at home
You must make sure that the Executor or Executors of your Will know where it is stored to ensure they have access to it when required.
Who should be the Executor of your Will?
You can have up to four Executors who can be anyone you like. It is usually a good idea to name at least two Executors in case one of them is unable to carry out the role when the time comes.
Common people to choose as an Executor include:
- Your spouse or partner
- Your child
- A parent, sibling or other relative
- A close friend
- Your solicitor
Having a solicitor as an Executor is often a sensible choice for a number of reasons. These include ensuring there is someone to carry out the role no matter the circumstances, that the probate process will be carried out efficiently and properly, and making probate easier on your loved ones by taking the responsibility out of their hands.
Find out more about appointing Tayntons as Executors.
What happens if you don’t leave a Will?
If you don’t leave a Will, your estate will be dealt with according to the rules of intestacy. This sets out exactly who is entitled to inherit, which may be different from your intentions.
For example, if you remarry and have children from a previous relationship, your new spouse will automatically inherit the majority of your estate rather than your children.
It is therefore vital to leave a Will to ensure your estate goes to the people you want to take care of.
Why choose Tayntons Will solicitors?
Tayntons’ Wills solicitors have been helping individuals and families with all aspects of Wills and inheritance for many years in Gloucester and throughout Gloucestershire, including Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean and further afield.
We offer a sensitive, practical Will writing service, as well as a high level of expertise for all related areas of the law. We also have a strong residential property team who can assist you with any issues related to your home in connection to Wills and inheritance.
Tayntons has achieved Lexcel accreditation from the Law Society, recognising the strength of our practice management and client care. We are independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) providing assurance that we continually meet the highest legal and professional standards. Our Wills team also has members of STEP (Society of Estate and Trust Practitioners) and Solicitors for the Elderly.
Get in touch with our Will solicitors in Gloucester
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