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Wills
Leaving a Will means you can be sure that everything would be dealt with in the way you would wish following your death. It's a great feeling to know that you won't be leaving your loved ones with a mess to sort out.
If you don't make a Will, the Intestacy Rules will govern how your estate is divided up when you die. They determine which of your relatives receives how much and can lead to some nasty surprises. The Intestacy Rules do not provide at all for your friends or even for a partner who you may have lived with for years - they will inherit nothing. Under the Intestacy Rules, your step-children are not counted as your children and will inherit nothing - even if their other parents have already died. It is only by making a Will that you can specify who will get what amount, eg if one of your children needs more money than the other, and when children inherit. Coming into a large amount of money whilst still a teenager may not be the best for them, but under Intestacy Rules they will inherit at eighteen years of age regardless of their financial maturity.
 
You can also appoint Guardians in your Will so that your children will be looked after by someone who cares for them. Without a will, family members may have to go to court to get permission to look after them. While this is sorted out, your children may go into care temporarily.
 
Intestacy Rules don't allow you to leave gifts to charity. But by making a Will you can specify a set amount or a percentage of your estate for charity – it's a great way to say "thank you" for the work they do and helps save inheritance tax.

When you die, someone will need to deal with the practicalities. If you don't make a Will, you have no control over who this will be. It will usually be a family member. If you make a Will, you can choose who you would like to deal with things. You may prefer to appoint a professional, such as a solicitor or accountant - someone who will not be suffering the distress of bereavement.

Making a Will gives you enormous peace of mind. We will tailor-make your Will so that it reflects what you would really like to happen to your assets following your death. We have specialist advisers who can make sure your Will is tax-efficient and can explain the legal jargon in friendly, plain English terms.

Call us now on 01858 445480 or use the Contact Us form to arrange an appointment.

Joint Ownership of Property

There are two ways you can jointly own property with someone else, and the way you own property can have huge knock-on effects for what happens on your death. Do you know how you jointly own your property? If not, contact us, we can find out for you and advise on what this means for you. If you need to change how you own your property, we can easily do this for you.

Call us now on 01858 445480 or use the Contact Us form to arrange an appointment.
 
Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions on Making a Will.
 

Below is a list of news articles related to Wills.

 
 
Two adult daughters claimed an equitable interest in their late father's estate based on their understanding that their parents had organised their estates so the the estate of the surviving spouse would pass to the daughters in equal shares.  Some time after becoming a widower, the father remarried and made a Will leaving his estate to his second wife.
 
 
A recent BBC Panorama programme investigated Wills Writers and uncovered evidence that clients were being charged extra for additional services after agreeing to a home appointment for a low cost Will.
 
 
Currently there are more than 700,000 people in the UK with dementia and that number will rise to one million by 2015.  Whilst no one wants to consider a future with dementia, Lawson-West can help you plan ahead now.
 
 
An adult daughter, who had been estranged from her mother, made a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 after her mother failed to leave anything to her daughter in her Will.
 
 
A recent survey found that 73% of people have not properly documented financial assets such as pension plans and life insurance policies in their Wills.  In addition 16% of those surveyed admitted it would be difficult for a spouse, partner or other family member to locate their financial assets.
 
 
The Court of Protection made a statutory Will for an elderly woman who lacked testamentary capacity as her last Will left her entire estate to a carer even though she had been removed from the carer and placed in a care home as the Court felt it was not in her best interests to remain with her carer.
 
 
A son’s challenge to his late father’s Will failed as the Court found the father wanted to leave his estate to his new partner rather than his son.