Making a Will

Making a will is one of the most important things you will ever do so why put it off any longer?

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Our national wills team can work with you and your family to ensure that your will reflects your specific wishes as well as advising about measures to support your family, give you certainty about inheritance tax and succession planning and deliver peace of mind.

A well structured will that reflects your own unique circumstances and aspirations in the clearest manner possible not only avoids unnecessary taxes or challenges to its validity, but also underpins an effective succession planning strategy that should be a key part of your overall wealth protection planning.

Your will should also adapt to changes in your business and personal life. As your assets develop and your family's needs change, your will should keep pace with those life changes to remain relevant to make sure your business interests and your loved ones are looked after or provided for. Without a will, the law will dictate how your property and money will be distributed through the rules of intestacy - and that could mean those you may have wanted to inherit get nothing at all.

Having a will is vital if you have children and also provides tax saving opportunities for your loved ones so you can maximise the amount of money they get by reducing the amount of inheritance tax paid. A will also ensures that unmarried couples can inherit from each other without the legal red tape and financial problems that would otherwise hold things up.

The benefits of getting professional advice

Your individual requirements are unique. There can be no such thing as a 'standard' will as part of a succession planning strategy. Our bespoke solution will depend on what you want to do with your wealth and when you want to do it. DIY will kits or online will writers may seem relatively cheap compared with getting a solicitor involved but there are dangers in using them which can cause problems.

Sorting out disputes that arise could result in significant legal costs, reducing the amount of money left in your estate and unless your will is very carefully drawn up, there may be other unexpected surprises in store for your family, friends and business.

It is especially important to have a professionally structured will if you want to make provision for a dependant who is unable to care for themselves or you have a permanent home outside of the United Kingdom or you own assets or properties overseas. If you own or are involved in a business or share property with someone who is not your husband, wife or civil partner, then our experts will ensure that your will reflects your wishes and protects your interests.

Why use Shoosmiths Access Legal?

We are an independent firm of national solicitors and our wills team has the specialist knowledge to cope with the most complex of family and business circumstances. We work from 10 offices spread throughout the UK including Edinburgh where we offer advice appropriate to Scottish law.

We can arrange meetings at your convenience over the phone, at one of our offices or when needed at your home. Our team is expert in the provision of specialist advice to ensure your will is set up properly and your loved ones are protected. Find out more by contacting our dedicated team on 03700 868 686. Lines are open from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and from 9am to 6pm on Saturday

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