Making a Will

Making a Will is simple. Just call us on 020 3633 4060. We will talk it through with you and let you know the best way to do it.

For many people with straightforward lives, it can all be be done over the phone or by email. But if your life is a bit more complicated or you simply prefer it, you are welcome to come and see us and do it all face to face. If so, our office is at 190 Horn Lane, London W3 6PL. Just ring and make an appointment.

Home and hospital visits Or if poor health or old age prevents you or your friend or relative travelling to see us...we will visit you in your home or in hospital

Why use us? We provide a personal service by fully qualified solicitors. We have over 35 years experience. We know what we are doing.

We are members of:

SFE ( Solicitors for the Elderly)

STEP ( The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners)

The Mencap Panel

The Law Society of England and Wales

The Law Society of Ireland

And if you need anything else, like a Power of Attorney or a Living Will or transferring a property to your child or spouse...we can do that too.

We are also experts in property law and hold the Law Society accreditation of CQS ( Conveyancing Quality Standards)

Cost. A normal Will is usually £250 plus VAT. A second Will for a spouse or Civil partner in similar terms is half price at £125 plus VAT. So £375 plus VAT for the pair. If you need more complicated ones the cost goes up a bit depending on what you need, For example' wills for parents of a child with a disability and who will need care after the parents have both died are normally £400 plus VAT. Again a second "Mirror Will" is half price. If you are unsure what to do we are happy to spend time with you discussing the options and giving advice. For most people this involves a few questionsand 10 or 15 minutes of our time and in those cases it is included in the price of the will. Other clients need a lot more time either because their affairs are complicated or because they are undecided about what they want achieve. For those who need that extra time we charge an additional fee based on how long it takes.

Home and Hospital visits. On top of the cost for the Will we charge extra for the time we spend out of the office. How much depends on how long it takes but normally for someone within 1/2 an hours travel from our office, the extra cost is about £100 plus VAT per visit.

If you are tempted to use an unqualified Will Writer, remember that many of them will attempt to sell you expensive "life time storage" or "pre paid updates" A "cheap " will can very quickly become very expensive.

With us there are no hidden extras No expensive add ons. We offer all our clients free secure storage for their Wills, if they want it. We won't try and sell you insurance or investments or anything else. And if do ever need an update we charge you just half of the cost of a new will

Undecided? If you want to know more about Wills and why you should have one read on.

Introduction

A Will sets out exactly what you want to happen to your property after your death. It also can deal with other things such as who you would like to deal with all the formalities (your executor) and what kind of ceremony you would prefer.

The executor may be a trustworthy friend or relative or if you prefer, we would be pleased to act as your executors. There is no additional charge for appointing us and the charges incurred for administering an estate are the same whether we are your executors or not.

When deciding who to leave property or money to, you should bear in mind who is dependant on you and what you need to do to protect them. Everyone's circumstances are different but common points to consider are:

Other reasons to make a Will

A will makes sure what you leave goes to the right person

It can prevent family arguments

It allows you to name a guardian for a young child should you die prematurely

It concentrates the mind and can help you make plans which reduce future Inheritance Tax bills or, if you are older, protect your family home against care Home Fees


What happens if you do not make a will?

Finally - without a Will you have no control over your affairs, and have to rely upon the rules made by Parliament. Even if these are satisfactory now, Parliament could change those rules at some future date.

Talk to us on 020 3633 4060.