There are various reasons as to why people fail to make a Will.
We have therefore attempted to make the process as straightforward and “painless” as possible. Simply complete the enclosed Will Questionnaire pdf download before returning it to us either by post or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon receipt of the completed Will Questionnaire we will then either contact you with a view to making an appointment with our William Morgan, so as to take your further instructions, or alternatively supply you with a draft Will for you to consider.
If you make a Will with us then please note that as part of the fee paid by you to your Will will be registered on the Certainty National Will database. Please see the link below to Certainty’s website. This gives you, as Testator, added peace of mind that your Will (and your wishes) are less likely to be forgotten about or overlooked, following your death. Please note that not all Solicitors and Will Writers subscribe to Certainty, but we believe that such registration is good practice when drafting and preparing Wills.
Please also not that we will store your original and signed Will at our offices free of charge, some Solicitors and Will Writers conversely charge an annual fee for storing Wills, WE DON’T.
Another reason why some people do not make a Will is because they make assumptions about who will inherit their assets if they die without a Will.
If we die without a Will then we are deemed to die “intestate”. There are strict rules as to who inherits what if we die intestate. Many married couples with children assume (wrongly) that the surviving spouse will inherit all of the deceased spouse’s assets
– this is not the case.
Furthermore if you have specific funeral requests, wish to gift sums to Charity or wish for an individual to inherit a specific item or possession then the only way so as to ensure that this is done is by making a Will.
English law still does not recognise the rights of a co-habitee or common law husband or wife (see Family Law). Therefore should you die leaving a common law husband or wife, and no Will, the rules of intestacy will decide where your assets go – not you. Whilst the partner or common law husband or wife may be able to make application for Court arguing that the deceased partner failed to make adequate financial provision for them under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 all of this can be avoided by making a Will.
1. Those currently in the process of divorcing.
2. Those concerned by a potential inheritance tax liability or potential care home fee liability.