The majority of people in the UK do not have a Will despite the knowledge that a well
made Will – no matter how simple- provides peace of mind. It ensures that your money and
belongings pass to your chosen relatives, friends and selected causes when you die.
Without a Will, the Rules of Intestacy decide who inherits your money and possessions
which may not be who you want or even expect! This could lead to your family not being
provided for and lead to further expense, stress and even litigation. There is no such thing as
a common law wife or partner and so unmarried partners and those not in civil partnerships
do not automatically benefit from your estate.
If you have young children, a Will can appoint Guardians to ensure they are looked after by
those you choose and well provided for. Similarly, you can decide who will act as Executors
and ensure that your wishes are complied with and your estate administered correctly.
You can state your wishes for your funeral, leave personal items of sentimental value, make
provision for any pets safe in the knowledge that your wishes can be clearly understood and
Inheritance Tax planning can also be considered when making a Will ensuring that your
family are placed in the best possible position should you die.
A trust in a Will can also protect those people who you may wish to benefit who could be
more vulnerable say for example those going through matrimonial breakdown, or with a
disability who aren’t in a position to handle an inheritance either temporarily or permanently.
Even if a properly drawn up Will is in place, it should be reviewed regularly. Our lives are
constantly changing so inevitably do our circumstances so it is imperative that we don’t just
have a Will but that we have a Will that reflects your current position.
Here at Mann Solicitors we can deal with all your Will requirements no matter how simple or
complex your life is and we will be happy to discuss our charges in more detail with you.
We believe that just as one size doesn’t fit all, nor does one price and our charges reflect this
so you don’t pay for something you don’t need.