CALL BACK To speak to a professional, please enter your details below or call 02920 378 621









What is 2 + 1?

Do I need a will?

Nobody likes to think about death, but we are all aware that life doesn’t go on forever. It is therefore vital that we plan ahead and think about what we would like to happen when we are gone.

 

If you die without making a will, you’ll be regarded as having died ‘intestate’ and your estate will be dealt with according to the ‘Rules of Intestacy’.

 

Essentially, what this means is that all of your property (if your estate is valued under £250,000) will go to your spouse, if you have one; if not, it will be divided among your relatives according to strict rules, depending on whether or not you have any children, parents, brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces and so on.

 

If the value of your estate is over £250,000, everything above this figure will normally be shared by your spouse (again, if you have one) and your children. If no relatives can be found your assets will be given to the government!

 

This may not be a problem to some people, but consider the following consequences if you die without making a will:

 

  • The Rules of Intestacy only benefit spouses (including civil partners) and biological children. If you have a special someone in your life but are unmarried, and perhaps there are children from a previous relationship whom you look upon with love and affection, your partner and step-children are likely to lose out

  • The Rules make no provision for your friends or any charities to which you may want to leave something

  • If you are separated but not divorced from your spouse, they will inherit your estate

  • If your estate has to be divided between your spouse and children, it may mean selling your house to pay the children's shares, leaving your spouse with no home or having to find somewhere else to live

  • If you do not leave a will, it could result in your loved ones arguing over who should get what, which in some cases may mean expensive lawyers getting involved (the costs of which might be paid from your estate)

  • Finally, it is worth mentioning again that, having paid taxes all your life, if no relatives can be identified all of your property will be given over to the state!

 

At Hutton'swe will guide you through the process of making your will and answer any questions you may have

 

How much will it cost?

 

Our charges start from as little as £120 (plus VAT).

Click here for more information.

 

 


Contact Us

Please contact Clare Strowbridge or Ian Moore to discuss your requirements and find out how we can help you.

 

 

Your questions answered

 

Other issues to think about


Nothing on this website constitutes legal advice. Please contact us for advice on your individual circumstances.

 

By using this site, you accept its use of cookies | Tell me more | I understand, don't display this message again