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If you wish to write a will, or amend an existing will to ensure your estate is distributed according to your wishes after you die, our expert will writing solicitors are here to help.
Our award-winning solicitors based across Yorkshire are on hand to guide you through the will writing process, giving you the peace of mind that your family and loved ones will be provided for after you die. We are widely regarded for our high standards of service, and will do our utmost to ensure that your specific requirements are met.
If a will is not drafted properly, the document can be deemed invalid and have no legal effect, which means your estate may not pass to whom you want it to. We can provide practical legal guidance in simple terms, helping you to make sense of this often complicated legal process.
Ramsdens’ will writing solicitors are on hand to guide you every step of the way throughout this legal process. We will work tirelessly to ensure your will is as detailed and clear as possible, whilst complying with all of the necessary legal requirements.
We pride ourselves on our long history of providing will writing services for clients under various circumstances, ensuring they have made detailed and fair wills that are in line with their wishes. We have also helped business owners and high-net worth individuals with writing a will.
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Our knowledgeable solicitors are also on hand to administer your will in the event of your death, helping your executors to apply for a Grant of Probate from the High Court of Justice.
Administering an estate requires knowledge of the laws of property, succession and trusts, as well as the implication of Inheritance and Capital Gains Taxes. Our experience enables us to administer the estate quickly, efficiently and without complication.
By making a will, you can ensure that your estate, and the gifts you wish to pass on to your loved ones in the event of your death, are administered to them at the right time. A will can also be a way of reducing the amount of tax you pay, including Inheritance Tax.
If you do not make a will, your assets will be distributed in accordance with the rules of intestacy, meaning the law will dictate who will benefit from your estate. The law relating to intestacy does not recognise common law spouses or step children; as such, if you die intestate, your common law spouse or stepchildren will get nothing.
Administration of an estate is often complicated and dying intestate will only put further stress on those who are left behind. The legal process is more involved and therefore more expensive.
If you don’t have a will drafted and die without one in place, then the government will decide who gets what (for those living in England and Wales). If you have children under 18 years old and haven’t made your wishes known with a will, other people will be able to take care of important decisions involving them.
The will writing process may seem complicated initially, but if approached correctly, it can be stress-free and efficient. We have produced a guide exploring the process of making a will, which can be viewed here.
Yes, although this will just be an expression of a wish and is not legally binding on your executors. You can include as much detail about your funeral wishes in your will as you would like.
Writing a will when you have young children is incredibly important, as you need to consider who you would like to look after them if you die. If they are under 18, you can then appoint a guardian for them in your will. This will only take effect if there is no one else with parental responsibility over your children when you die.
Young children can also be included as beneficiaries in wills, and you are able to decide what age you want them to have access to their inheritance. This is typically at ages 18, 21, or 25 and, until they reach that age, their inheritance will be held in a trust. You can appoint people called trustees who will manage this on your children’s behalf.
Yes, there is absolutely no reason why anyone benefiting from a will cannot also be an executor. The individual will need to be over 18 years of age and willing to be an executor. It’s important that you have this conversation with the friends or family members involved first.
By choosing Ramsdens Solicitors to help you write your will, you can rest assured that your case will be handled with utmost care and sensitivity. We are a Law Society-accredited solicitor, and have also been ranked in the Legal 500. Our expertise means you can rely on the highest standard of legal advice throughout the will writing process.
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