About writing a Will
Drafting a Will
Drafting a Will can be a complicated process, depending on your circumstances. For example, if you have a large family it may take a lot of calculations to work out who will be left what. However, our Trusts, Wills and Probate solicitors will always make light work for you, and will be by your side to advise you when you need it.
In general, when drafting your Will you will have to think about:
- The value of your estate – this includes how much money you have in bank accounts and pension funds, any property and/or land you own and any investments you have made
- Who you would like to benefit from your Will – this could mean leaving people a percentage of your money, certain possession such as jewellery, or property
- If you were to pass away, who will look after any children you have that are under the age of 18
- Who you want to appoint as Executors of your Will – they will sort out your estate and carry out your wishes
It may be difficult to know what exactly to include when you are drafting your Will, which is why it is in your interests to employ the help of an expert.
We can help you establish who you want to include in your Will and what assets you would like to leave to them. If you would like to leave a contribution to charity, we can also arrange for this to be set up too.
With our Will writing service, drafting your Will couldn’t seem easier. We’ll make sure your wishes are clearly expressed so you can rest easy knowing that your loved ones will be well looked after when you’re gone.
The legality of your Will
Our team of Will writing experts are dedicated to working with you to ensure that your will suits you. We promise that with our support and expertise, your Will writing process will be as easy and stress-free as possible. We’ll be by your side to answer all your questions, making sure that you are 100 percent happy with your document.
There are a number of ways you can get a Will written. It is possible to write your own Will, but it may not meet the criteria laid down in law under the Wills Act 1837. Unfortunately, if it is not considered to be legal, your wishes cannot be carried out.
In order for your Will to be legal and your wishes to be carried out once you’re gone, it is safest to employ a specialist Wills solicitor to draft your Will for you. A Will is only legal if you:
- Are 18 or over,
- Write it voluntarily,
- Are of sound mind,
- Sign it in the presence of two witnesses who are over 18, and
- Have your two witnesses sign it in your presence
Here at AWH we offer Will writing services that cater for everyone. We can help you if you want to write a Will for yourself or with your partner, and can help you understand how the process works when you pass away. We can also help if your circumstances are not straightforward, for example if you:
- Are a cohabiting couple but are not married or in a civil partnership
- Have an ex-partner or spouse to consider
- Have step-children to consider
- Own a business, or several businesses
- Are resident in the UK but own property or business abroad
We will take everything about your circumstances into account when it comes to what will be written into your Will. Drafting a Will is personal, and here at AWH we keep that notion at the forefront of our Will writing service. We’re not only here to draft your Will, but to support you in your decision-making.
Wills and Probate services
We understand that when a loved one passes away, the last thing you want to think about is going through legalities to sort out their estate. However, sometimes it is necessary for a loved one’s assets to be collected together and go through a legal process called ‘Probate‘ before they are distributed to the beneficiaries of their estate. We understand that this process can seem daunting, which is why we’re here to help.
Although probate can be difficult to understand, our dedicated experts have plenty of experience in helping families through the Probate process. Our Wills and Probate services make the process as simple and stress-free as possible so that you and your family are able to focus on your healing after losing a loved one.
When you write a Will, you also have to appoint at least one Executor to handle your money, property and possessions – or your estate – after you pass away. Executors are still able to be beneficiaries of your will, so you can still leave property, money or possessions for them to inherit after you’re gone. Our team can help you figure out who is best to act as your Will Executor, taking your and your loved one’s best interests into consideration.
Joint Executors of a Will
It is possible to appoint multiple people as Executors of your Will. They will be known as the joint Executors of your Will, and will all have equal amount of responsibility when it comes to carrying out the tasks necessary for an executor to do after you pass away.
You can appoint up to four people to act as joint Executors. Because they will all have to act equally and together, it is at your discretion how many you choose. Often, people like to appoint two in case one of them dies before or at the same time as you. Our solicitors and professional will writers can act as Executors, so some people see it best to appoint one family member and one solicitor to act as joint Executors.
Our Wills solicitors can help you establish who to appoint as the Executor/s of your Will in order for your wishes to be carried out in the way you want them to after you pass away. Our expertise and empathy enable us to help those with the most complex family circumstances, as well as those with a straightforward dynamic. The bottom line is, we care, and are committed to supporting you in appointing your Executors no matter what your situation.
Will Executor responsibilities
Whoever you appoint as your Will Executor or Executors, they will have several responsibilities after you pass away, including:
- Applying for Probate to make sure that all your property is secure as soon as possible and that all the assets due to you, including money and property, can be collected
- Distributing your estate to the people entitled according to your Will
- Ensuring that any taxes necessary are paid as soon as possible
- Registering your death and getting copies of your Will
Because they have a lot of responsibility for handling your affairs, it is important to appoint a person or people that you trust above all else.
It is also important to make sure the person or people are happy to act as your Executor and understand what their role will be after your death. There is a lot of paperwork that comes with being an Executor, and for some close family members this may be too much to handle immediately after your death.
Our team are able to aid you in deciding who to appoint as your Executor, and will support you and whoever you choose. We can outline their responsibilities to them clearly, making everyone feel comfortable and at ease.
Will writing services from expert solicitors
Our expert Wills solicitors and professional Will writers have experience helping people write their Wills and supporting them through the whole process. We are capable of handling and constructing complex Wills, for example where there are many beneficiaries or businesses to be considered.
Our Will writing solicitors will make sure to provide you with all the information you need before we begin to draft your Will with you. Not only this, but we also ensure you feel comfortable with how the process progresses and are on hand to answer your questions whenever you need us.
We are happy to advise you on the most suitable type of Will for you, and how to go about appointing Executors. We can also hold a copy of your Will so that you don’t have to worry about keeping it safe. Writing you Will may seem like a daunting task, but with our help it’ll seem like plain sailing.
- How to write a legal Will?
In order to write a legal Will, the Will must be witnessed and signed by two independent witnesses, and signed by you. The witnesses cannot be family members and cannot be left anything in your estate.
It is possible to write a legal Will without a solicitor, but to be on the safe side many choose to employ a solicitor who specialises in Wills.
- How to get Probate on a Will?
In order to get a 'Grant of Probate' on a Will you have to apply for the legal right to do so. You will have to report the deceased person's estate value and pay Inheritance Tax. You can only apply for Probate if you are an Executor of the Will.
You can apply for Probate on a Will on the government website if you have the original Will, have the original death certificate and have reported the estate's value.
- What is an Executor of a Will?
An Executor of a Will is a person who is appointed by the person who owns the will to take care of handling their estate after they have passed away.
This includes property, land, businesses, investments and money owned by the person who the will belongs to.
- How many Executors can you have on a Will?
You are entitled to appoint up to four people as Executors of your Will. Some people choose to appoint more than one Executor just in case one person dies before or at the same time as them.
Make sure to appoint people you know will be able to work fairly together without many clashes, as they will each carry equal responsibility for tasks that need completing after your death.
- Can a solicitor be an Executor?
Yes, a solicitor can be an Executor of a Will. You will have to appoint them as an Executor in the same way that you appoint any others to carry out the role. Solicitors are entitled to charge for their services, however, so will likely charge you to appoint them as an Executor.
- What is the Executor of a Will entitled to?
The Executor of a Will isn't entitled to anything unless they are listed as a beneficiary in the Will. They can be both an Executor and a beneficiary, and so can inherit property, belongings and money in the same way someone who is solely a beneficiary can.
- Do solicitors keep copies of Wills?
Solicitors often do keep copies of Wills, but ultimately a Will belongs to their client, and after they die, their estate. Different solicitors have different policies, so how long they keep their copy for will depend on the company.
If it is not in your solicitor's policy to keep a copy of your Will, you can request that they do so.
Starting the process couldn’t be more simple!
- Contact us Get in touch however suits you best and arrange a consulation with one of our solicitors
- Meet an expert You’ll meet the expert solicitor assigned to your case and discuss all the necessary details
- Authorise Once we’ve got all the details of your case and you’re happy to proceed, just give us the go-ahead
- We get to work It’s time for us to get to work! We’ll set up your file on our system and get to work right away
What our clients are saying about us
Our Promise to You
Friendly, personal legal services
We promise that our approachable solicitors will provide you with a genuinely personal service that puts your needs first. Our team of experts are always on hand to give you support when you need it.
Award-winning service in our fields of expertise
We pride ourselves in offering the highest standards of service across each of our legal departments. Regardless of your situation, we promise to provide you with the very best legal advice.
Advice tailored to your needs
We promise to listen to your needs and offer the right guidance for your situation.
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution in any area of the law. Every case requires a tailored approach and you deserve a solicitor who understands this.
Outstanding customer service and care
Our excellent reputation is built on our exceptional level of client care.
Every case is handled with the highest level of respect and many of our clients go on to recommend us after building an invaluable relationship with our solicitors.
Transparent fees and processes
Transparency is very important to us. We promise to provide you with total Transparencyrency on fees, so you know exactly what you are paying for. We’ll also make sure you’re kept updated on the progress of your case every step of the way.
Get in touch
Let us know how AWH Solicitors can help you by providing us with your details in the form below.
Please let us know when you want to be contacted so we can get in touch with you at a time that suits you best.