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Our will writing solicitors provides expert legal advice and guidance on making a will, ensuring your wishes are carried out and your loved ones are protected.

Our wills solicitors offer a range of services to suit your needs, from simple wills to complex estate planning. Our experienced wills solicitors will guide you through the process, offering practical solutions and peace of mind.

Making a will and reviewing it on a regular basis is the only way you can guarantee that your wishes will be followed and that your estate is passed on according to your instructions.

This is just as important for younger people, particularly if you have children, as it is for older people as well as for those with business interests or agricultural property.

This is a deeply personal area of the law, sometimes with difficult emotional issues involved. So although we will always give you the best practical legal advice, we also take great care to understand your personal concerns and act with sensitivity.

View our guide on why you need a Will and what may happen if you do not have a Will at the time of your death.

Tim Adams

Tim Adams

Partner | Private wealth

01483 543265

What is a will?

A will is a legal document that sets out an individual’s wishes for the distribution of their assets after their death. This includes details of who should receive specific assets, and how and when they should receive them.

How do I make a will?

In order to make a will, you should have a list of all of your assets and their estimated current value, such as property, savings, pension funds, investments, motor vehicles, personal belongings of value, such as jewellery, art or antiques and the contents of your home and any other properties.

If you have any debts, these will also need to considered as they will be taken from your estate. This might include things like mortgages, credit card balances, bank overdrafts, personal loans or any equity release agreements that might have been made.
Once you have this information, you can decide how you would like your assets to be divided between beneficiaries. You can also decide if you wish to make any charitable donations from your estate.

You will need to choose executors for your will. Essentially the people who will distribute your estate. You may want to choose a family member or friend, or you might prefer to appoint a solicitor to handle this responsibility.

All of these items and decisions need to be recorded in a will, which is a legal document that needs to be written and signed correctly in order to be valid. It’s usually recommended to use will writing services from a trusted solicitor for this to ensure that it is done to the required standard and includes every element that you wish.

How can I write a will?

In order for a will to be valid and legally binding, it should be written in a particular way. Your wishes for your estate should be laid out clearly in writing and it needs to be signed by you and witnessed by two other people, who cannot be beneficiaries or executors of the will.

You must be considered as having the mental capacity to make the will at the time it is signed, and able to understand the results of the will.

You must also have made the will using your own free choice, not having been pressured whilst doing so.

If this is not your first will, you should state at the beginning that this new document revokes any previous wills made.
Wills that have not been written and signed in the correct way, or where there might be room for challenging its validity, may not be legally valid, so it’s recommended to seek expert legal advice and many people choose to ask their solicitor to help with will writing and to witness the document.

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How much does it cost to make a will?

The cost of making a will can vary, depending on the complexity of the estate, as this will have an impact on the amount of work involved in the will writing. The team at Moore Barlow can provide an estimate if you would like to discuss our will writing services.

Why make a will?

Making a will helps to ensure that after you pass, your wishes are followed in these areas:

  • That your money goes to the people that you want to give it to.
  • That inheritance tax is minimised.
  • That people you trust are in charge of sorting out your affairs and executing your will.
  • That any children you have who are still minors can have a legal guardian of your choice appointed.
  • That changes in your life over the years are reflected as you wish, such as marriage, divorce or the birth of children or grandchildren.
  • That any personal items or specific assets that you wish to pass to individual beneficiaries are left to the person you intend.
  • That any charities that you wish to benefit from your estate can be gifted the specified sum.
  • That certain assets can be protected by trusts, if required.

If you haven’t made a will, your estate will be divided according to current law (the rules of intestacy), which won’t necessarily reflect what you would intend and may not be the most efficient route from a tax point of view.

When should I make a will?

You can make a will at any age. Many people think it’s something that they will deal with in later life, but by making a will now, you can prepare just in case.

Can you make a will over the phone?

You can discuss will requirements over the phone and the particulars of the will can be written during and after the call. However, it only becomes a valid will once the document has been sent to you and signed in the presence of two witnesses.

Why choose our wills solicitors?

Choosing our wills solicitors means choosing a team of experienced professionals who will guide you through the process of creating a legally sound and comprehensive will. Our solicitors understand the importance of protecting your assets and ensuring your wishes are carried out after your passing. We provide tailored advice and support to ensure your peace of mind and the security of your loved ones. Trust us to handle your will with care and expertise.

How can our wills solicitors help?

Our wills solicitors can provide expert advice and guidance on creating a legally binding will that accurately reflects your wishes. We can also assist with updating or amending existing wills, as well as setting up trusts and estate planning. Our team has extensive experience in handling complex estates and ensuring that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. Let us help you plan for the future and protect your loved ones.

Our expert team are based across our offices in SouthamptonLondonLymingtonGuildfordRichmond and Woking and we offer specialist support and advice to clients both locally and nationally.

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