Wills


Don't leave the future of your family to chance. Making a Will can seem overwhelming. Where do you start, what do you need to cover and how much will it cost me?

If you want to make sure that your family are protected and the people who you want to benefit from your hard work actually do, then making a Will is the smart choice.

Our prices are extremely competitive, to find our more see our prices here. As well as Will writing, we provide a wide range of estate planning advice, covering inheritance tax, probate and lasting power of attorney

What is a Will?

A Will is a legal document that sets out what happens to your possessions after your death and names the persons you wish to give those possessions to. As a Will is only enforceable after a person’s death, it is advisable to review it frequently in order to keep it up to date in the light of changes. In this respect it should be borne in mind that some circumstantial changes automatically affect a Will. Marriage, for instance, automatically cancels it, while divorce does not automatically cancel it but results in any reference made to the divorced former spouse being cancelled.

What happens if a Will is not made?

If you do not make a Will your possessions will pass automatically in accordance with rules established under the law; The Rules of Intestacy. These rules may not effect your general wishes; for instance you may not be aware that if you die before your spouse, your spouse will not automatically take all your possessions. In addition, while in a Will you can appoint an Executor of your choice, under the Intestacy Rules an Administrator is selected for you who may not be the most suitable person to carry out that task or the person who you would have wished to deal with it.

Why make a Will?

Making a Will is usually straight forward and takes little time when in the hands of experts: saving much anxiety, time and money for the grieving family.

Most people do not know that they can put simple instructions in place today and then update them at little cost (small fee) when circumstances change. On the other hand, if you die without a Will (die intestate) then Government rules decide the distribution of property and the taxes are higher.

If you organise your Will through Westminster Wills, you will be advised on further ways to ensure that as much of the inheritance as possible is maintained. A professionally written Will also minimises the chances of someone successfully overturning the Will (contesting) if the Will is considered unfair.

Do You Need a Will?

Yes, but it is even more important if you answer yes to any of the following:

Do you live with someone but are not married or in a civil partnership?

You will not automatically inherit money or property from each other, so it can cause serious financial hardship.

Do you have children under 18?

No one will know your wishes unless they are recorded in a Will; even if your wish is simply to name a person to make the decision.

Do you have a mortgage?

Have you separated or divorced?

Do you have dependants other than young children?

Secure Storage of Your Will

It is important that your valid will, a legal document, is kept in a safe and secure place. We offer safe secure storage along with peace of mind your will is only available to your executor after your death and provided in an efficient and timely manner.
If your original will is destroyed by fire or theft or misplaced, defaced or damaged in anyway a copy will not be acceptable. Only the version with your original signature is legally binding.
Once we have completed the process of your will, which makes your will valid, it is crucial that you take steps to store the original securely. By storing your will in secure storage with us, your executors have immediate access and can commence probate immediately.
While your documents are with National Will Safe, they are fully incurred against loss or damage. If anything happens to your documents, they will be recreated and replaced for you free of charge. You can access your documents any time, free of charge.
Westminster Wills offer a secure storage facility, which after taking our professional advice your will and other important documents eg. Property title deeds can be stored with us for a yearly subscription or a one off fee.
As part of our secure storage service we include your details on the National Wills Register, which allows executors ease of access to find your most recent will.
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Secure Storage of Your Will

It is important that your valid will, a legal document, is kept in a safe and secure place. We offer safe secure storage along with peace of mind your will is only available to your executor after your death and provided in an efficient and timely manner.
If your original will is destroyed by fire or theft or misplaced, defaced or damaged in anyway a copy will not be acceptable. Only the version with your original signature is legally binding.
Once we have completed the process of your will, which makes your will valid, it is crucial that you take steps to store the original securely. By storing your will in secure storage with us, your executors have immediate access and can commence probate immediately.
While your documents are with National Will Safe, they are fully incurred against loss or damage. If anything happens to your documents, they will be recreated and replaced for you free of charge. You can access your documents any time, free of charge.
Westminster Wills offer a secure storage facility, which after taking our professional advice your will and other important documents eg. Property title deeds can be stored with us for a yearly subscription or a one off fee.
As part of our secure storage service we include your details on the National Wills Register, which allows executors ease of access to find your most recent will.