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Making a Will

Making a Will is a task which needs to be done for most people over the age of 18. We recognise that writing a Will is often a job that is pushed to the bottom of your priority list or something that can be done ‘tomorrow’. However, making a Will is straightforward and relatively inexpensive and is one of the one of the most important things you can do to safeguard the future of your loved ones. A properly made Will reduces the chances of any disputes over your estate and ensures that your wishes are carried out.

Our specialists will work closely with you, to make sure that the process of making your Will is as straightforward as possible. We understand that you may have sensitivities surrounding your family structure or have a complex estate. We have extensive experience advising on all aspects of making a Will including assets in multiple jurisdictions, reducing tax, preparing for care fees, skipping a generation, business and agricultural property, succession planning and protecting vulnerable beneficiaries.

We can guide you throughout the Will writing process including:

Do I need a Will?

If you find yourself asking this question please read our free leaflet for more guidance on why you should make your Will: Making Wills Make Sense.

Can I use a DIY Will kit?

As a reminder that whilst it may take more time and money, a solicitor drafting a Will is experienced in recognising complex situations. It is our role to pose the right questions to prevent uncertainty, allow your true wishes to be recorded and ensure these are capable of being carried out. In other words, whilst homemade Wills might be attractive from an immediate cost saving point of view, in the long term they can cause serious problems, which are ultimately very expensive to resolve. Please read more about this here.

What’s next?

If you already have a Will however you would like it to be reviewed or updated please visit our Update an Existing Will page.

You can discuss making your Will with us at a free initial meeting, where we will agree a fixed fee for its preparation. We are also happy to take on the role of executors and trustees when needed. If you would like us to start the Will writing process you can complete our Will Questionnaire and return it to us. We will then draft a Will which you can then review.

You can also discuss making your Will with us by contacting a member of our inheritance protection team below.

Our Inheritance Protection Team

Unsure who to contact? Make a general enquiry:

Newbury Thatcham Maidenhead