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Making a Will is something many of us put off doing. You might think it’s something you don’t need to worry about just yet, or perhaps you feel too busy with the day-to-day to think about the bigger picture.
Our specialist Wills solicitors are here to make the process as simple and straightforward as possible. We provide expert Wills advice you can trust.
At Novum Law, our Wills are tailored to suit you, whatever your situation. With fixed fees agreed upfront, we promise there’ll be no hidden extras, so you can have complete peace of mind.
How Do I Make A Will?
Making a Will with Novum Law is easy. There are 4 simple steps:
- Contact us, either online or call us on Freephone 0800 884 0777
- You’ll be contacted by one of our expert Will writing solicitors to discuss your needs and advise on the right Will to suit your circumstances.
- We then prepare your Will, ready for you to review, request any changes and approve.
- Once everything is finalised, all you need to do is provide your signature.
When Should I Make A Will?
When you make your Will is completely up to you. However, no one knows what is around the corner. The sooner you make your Will, the sooner your family including your spouse or partner, and any children or dependents you have, are protected. It is the only way to make sure your money, property and possessions go to the people and causes important to you. If you die without making a Will, you will have no control over what happens to your assets.
Many people think about making a Will after big life changes. For example:
- Buying their first home
- Moving in with a partner
- Becoming a parent
- Starting a business
- Coming into an inheritance
If your circumstances change, you can always alter your Will. The recommendation is to review your Will every five years or after every major change in your life.
Expert Legal Advice To Help You Prepare Your Will
Our experienced Wills solicitors are experts in preparing a range of Wills. We can help from the most straightforward Wills to the more complex involving trusts or where large estates are involved.
We make it as stress-free as possible to prepare your Will combining our exceptional legal expertise with a friendly, personal service to ensure those closest to you are taken care of in the future.
No matter what your situation, our specialist Wills solicitors can help. Perhaps you have children or dependents that need to be looked after. Maybe you have a blended family and you and your spouse or partner have children or dependents from previous relationships. Perhaps you and your partner are unmarried or you have other assets, such as investments or overseas property that are valuable. If this is the case, having a Will in place is vital.
We will tailor your Will to take account of your own personal circumstances and will always provide honest, straightforward legal advice in plain English.
We can also store your Will for you free of charge.
As well as making new Wills, we can also review your existing Will. Our expert Wills solicitors can double-check your current Will is valid, fully reflects your wishes and minimises any potential tax liabilities.
Our Specialist Wills, Trusts And Estate Planning Services Also Include:
- Lasting Powers Of Attorney
- Inheritance Tax Planning
- Probate And Estate Administration
Upfront Costs & Fees
How Much Does It Cost To Make A Will?
Our experienced Wills solicitors will always be open about any costs or fees. We will provide a realistic estimate right at the outset before we carry out any work and we will always keep you informed throughout the process if there are any additional costs.
We offer fixed-fee Will making services covering advice on what should be included in your Will, and the drafting of the Will for straightforward estates.
The fixed fees are:
|Basic Single Will||£295 (excluding VAT)|
|Basic Mirror Image Will||£395 (excluding VAT)|
A mirror image Will is when a couple make virtually identical Wills. One person in the couple leaves their estate to the other in the event of their passing away. The most common mirror Wills are when one spouse leaves everything to their spouse and then to their children.
If your estate is more complex, we may agree to work to an hourly rate. In these cases, we will always agree any work to be carried out in advance, so you know exactly what the costs are from the outset and can keep control of your expenditure. For more information, click here.
Speak To Our Expert Will Writing Solicitors Today
Do you need help making or updating your Will? Or do you need expert advice on estate planning? Contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation chat with our experts.
Frequently Asked Questions
A Will is a legal document which you draw up during your lifetime to express your wishes as to how your property and financial affairs are to be dealt with after your death.
Your Will is a very important document that ensures your wishes are carried out after you die. Many people think they need to be old, ill or wealthy to need a Will. However, everyone of legal age should have one. If you were to die unexpectedly, without a Will, your family and the courts will not know what your intentions were for your possessions (your money, property, investments, etc.)
Making a Will ensures that you get to decide who will inherit your property, money and other personal possessions after your death. Having a Will in place helps to simplify the process of sorting everything out after your death and can remove some of the stress and worry from your family at a difficult time.
A well-drafted Will can also be used to minimise any liability to inheritance tax and can help to ensure that the people that you want to look after are financially protected. In addition, a Will can ensure that your children are provided for and you can include the appointment of a guardian to look after them if you are no longer here. You can also make sure that your partner will receive what you want them to have, which is essential if you are not married to each other.
Yes, if you are over 18 years old, it is advisable to have a Will. If you die with no valid Will in England or Wales, the law decides who gets what. This may not be in line with what you would have wished.
If you die without leaving a Will (i.e. if you die intestate), your estate will be dealt with under the standard rules of intestacy. These rules are very strict and may mean that those closest to you, who you would want to benefit from any inheritance, might not get anything.
Under the rules of intestacy, if there are children, the surviving spouse or civil partner receives the first £270,000 of an estate and all personal possessions. Any remaining estate is then split, with 50% to the surviving spouse or civil partner and 50% equally between the deceased’s children. If there are no children, the surviving spouse or civil partner inherits everything.
Dying without a Will in place also has tax implications for those you leave behind. It is possible that Inheritance Tax (IHT) would be due on your estate, even if you have a spouse or civil partner, because any assets passing to a non-exempt beneficiary (i.e. children) would be chargeable for IHT purposes.
An important point to note is that if you are not married or you are not in a civil partnership, your partner has no right to inherit under the intestacy rules.
It is a good idea to review your Will at least every 5 years so it can be updated if necessary. You will also need to update your Will if you get married, as this will invalidate any previous Will you have.
It is also strongly recommended to update your Will if your personal circumstances change (such as getting married or divorced, or having children) or you acquire significant new assets.
For a Will to be valid in the UK, the person making it must be:
- 18 years old or over
- ‘Of sound mind’ (i.e. fully aware of the contents and consequences of the Will they are making)
- Acting voluntarily without pressure from any other part
The Will itself must be:
- In writing
- Signed by the person making the Will in the presence of 2 witnesses (who must not be beneficiaries of the Will or the spouse/civil partner of a beneficiary)
- Signed by the 2 witnesses in the presence of the person making the Will (the ‘testator’)
While it is not a legal requirement, it is also advisable to include the date of signing on the Will.
A well-drafted Will makes it much harder for anyone to contest your wishes after your death. However, there are circumstances where someone may be able to dispute your Will e.g. If they make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Under the Inheritance Act, a dependant of yours could make a claim for ‘reasonable provision’ from your estate if they feel they have been unfairly excluded or that their inheritance is not sufficient to meet their needs.
One of the best ways to avoid such disputes is to make sure you discuss your intentions and the reasons behind them with all your loved ones when you make your Will. This should mean nobody is surprised by the contents of your Will and they know what to expect and will be less likely to bring a challenge.
The person named as the executor in your Will is responsible for contacting all of the beneficiaries promptly after your death. Under the law of England and Wales, there is no specified timeframe for this, but it should happen early on in the probate process. To learn more about probate, click here.
Yes. We can help you write a new Will or add a codicil to your existing Will. A codicil is an addition to a Will that can amend or revoke parts of it. It can be enough if there are just one or two small changes, but if you need any substantial changes, it is advisable to write a new Will to avoid any confusion later.
The executor of your Will is legally bound to carry out your wishes and manage your estate after your death. You can appoint family members and beneficiaries as executors. Our expert Wills solicitors can also act as executors for complete peace of mind.
Yes. Generally speaking, people usually choose a close family member or trusted friend to be their executor and are also likely to want them to benefit from the Will.
It is important your Will is stored safely and that you tell your executors where they’ll be able to find it after your death. At Novum Law, we have secure storage facilities for your Will, which means it can be easily accessed after your death, making things easier for your loved ones. We will also ensure you have a copy to file safely at home.
If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.
Speak to us about making or updating your Will today
If you need to make or update a Will, or require assistance with any other aspect of inheritance and lifetime planning, our solicitors in Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swindon are here for you.
To arrange an initial consultation, please contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-obligation chat.