We know how important it is for you to receive advice and support that you can trust. We are closely following the Government’s guidance in response to the current Coronavirus situation. We are continuing to offer the full range of services to both existing and new clients, please read more here. We are successfully making Wills remotely for people who are self-isolating. Our team can make a Will for you whilst you never have to leave the comfort of your own home with the information you provide us via our online Will Questionnaire.
Our solicitors in Newbury, Thatcham and Maidenhead are here to support you and provide peace of mind regarding your estate planning. They offer a free 30 minute initial consultation for new and existing clients when making or updating their Will. You can make an enquiry using our live chat, website form below, by contacting us directly.
If you would like us to start the Will writing process you can download and complete our online Will Questionnaire below. Once completed, please save it to your computer and then click the ‘Email questionnaire to GL’ button at the bottom of the form. This will allow you to return it to us via email. We will then arrange an appointment with you to talk through your circumstances and options.Will Questionnaire Will Questionnaire - Mirror Wills
In normal circumstances we would always see our clients in person; however we are currently taking instructions via video conference unless instructed otherwise. We then send the relevant documents to you by secure app or email (but we can post if neither of these options suits you). We provide dedicated support and are able to speak with you over email, phone or video conferencing to ensure that you are happy with your Will. Other factors such as the formation of trusts and your potential inheritance tax liability can also be considered.
There are a number of things that can invalidate a Will. By using a qualified solicitor we can help ensure that your Will is legally binding and the actual signing and witnessing of a Will is carried out correctly. You will have peace of mind that your Will accurately reflects your wishes and that the intended people receive your estate.
A Will still needs to be signed in the presence of two witnesses over the age of 18 during this time. For example this could be two neighbours. They don’t need to be in the same room as you as long as they have clear sight of the process. They must see you sign the document and vice versa, then they can be legal witnesses from an appropriate distance of at least two metres away. This could be done through an open window or doorway. We also advise clients to use different pens, hand sanitisers and gloves. It is important that the witnesses are not beneficiaries under the Will, or the husband, wife or partner of a beneficiary, otherwise any gift to them will be invalid.
The process of making a Will does not need to be difficult. Whilst ‘do-it-yourself’ Wills can be perfectly valid, it is advised to have a solicitor to discuss your circumstances as they may ask questions that you have not yourself considered. We can also ensure that any change in your circumstances is properly accounted for.
If you have an existing Will it is important to review it regularly to ensure that it reflects your wishes and your current circumstances. We are able to help you remotely update your Will.
It’s advisable not to hand amend existing Wills, or to leave notes with your Will including your desired changes. Such amendments may not be legally binding if they are not signed in the correct way. In addition, you may unintentionally revoke your existing Will. It’s important to get it right when dealing with vital documents involving your assets and seek advice. We have an inheritance disputes team with expertise in challenges to the validity of Wills and problematic executors if you need advice in this area.
Our inheritance protection solicitors are here to support you and provide peace of mind regarding your estate planning. Please contact one of our solicitors below if you would like to make a Will or update an existing Will.