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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. It 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 solicitors in Newbury, Thatcham and Maidenhead are here to provide peace of mind in relation to your estate planning.

We would like to thank all those working at the frontline for doing an amazing job to support and care for people during the Coronavirus crisis. We would like to show our appreciation by offering a discount of 15%* on our services (excluding disbursements) until September 2020 to all NHS, emergency service and care home workers. This offer is available from our family, inheritance protection and residential property teams. *Our discount on commercial, employment and litigation services to individuals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. A member of the team will be happy to talk through your situation. You can read more about this here.

Can I make a Will remotely?

We are continuing to provide peace of mind in these difficult times and are successfully making Wills remotely for people who are self-isolating. In normal circumstances we would always see our clients in person; however we are currently able to take instructions via video conference and then email the relevant documents to you. If you do not want to receive your documents via email we can post them to you.

Normally we would invite you to our offices to sign your Will however given the current government guidance we have closed our offices to visitors. Instead we will provide guidance on how to sign your Will in compliance with the relevant legal formalities including ensuring it is witnessed correctly. Once it is signed you can post the original back to us for us to store it in our strong room and we can provide you with a copy.

If you would like us to start the Will writing process you can download and complete our 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 which will allow you to return it to us via email. We will then draft a Will for you to review.

Will Questionnaire Will Questionnaire - Mirror Wills

 

 

How can we help?

Our specialists in Newbury, Thatcham and Maidenhead 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:

If you would like to review or update and Existing Will please visit our Update an Existing Will page or contact one of our inheritance protection specialists below. If you do not have a Will, you can discuss making your Will with us at a free initial meeting. In this meeting, we will agree a fixed fee for its preparation. We are also happy to take on the role of executors and trustees when needed.

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?

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 and allow your true wishes to be recorded and 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. These are ultimately very expensive to resolve. Please read more about this here.

We have been members of LawNet, a group of over 60 independent law firms, for over 25 years. LawNet is committed to quality and excellence and we make full use of the opportunities which it provides in order to keep improving our service. It is our determination to always move with the times that ensures we keep delivering the results our clients need.

You can discuss making your Will with us by contacting a member of our inheritance protection team in our Newbury, Thatcham or Maidenhead office below.

Our Inheritance Protection Team

Unsure who to contact? Make a general enquiry:

Newbury Thatcham Maidenhead
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