A Will is required in order to ensure that your assets pass on your death in accordance with your wishes. Preparing a Will offers peace of mind and will ensure that following a person’s death, matters concerning their estate have already been considered and should be dealt with in a straightforward and prompt manner. A well drafted Will can also mitigate the effects of any inheritance tax that would ordinarily be payable. For further information please see the attached brochure Making A Will
How does the process work/what are the steps?
You are invited to attend our offices for a meeting to discuss your wishes. We are equally happy to discuss matters over the telephone or by email. Alternatively, we can meet at your home if that is more convenient for you. In emergencies, we can also attend clients in hospital.
We shall draft the Will in accordance with your requirements.You will, of course have an opportunity to approve or amend the Will prior to signing. Once you are happy with the Will, it can be engrossed and signed. We are usually requested to store the Will in our firm’s storage facility for safekeeping, which we do at no extra cost and we will also provide a signed photocopy for your own records.
How long is the legal process when writing a will?
For a straightforward matter, a Will can be completed within a week from initial instructions to execution of the Will. If there is a particular urgency, a Will can be drafted and signed within a couple of working days, if required.
Is it expensive?
We are usually able to provide a fixed fee service for the drafting of most Wills. Please call or email us [email protected] for a quotation.
What are the things people should consider before calling?
You should consider the following:
- Who they would like to appoint as their executors. That is the person(s) appointed to ensure that the terms of their Will are followed. Many of our clients nominate this firm to act in this capacity.
- The appointment of guardians of their children (if there are any children who are under 18 at the time of their death).
- Those persons they would like to benefit under the Will.
- Any gifts of specific items or money they would like to leave.
- It would also be helpful if you could provide us with a rough estimate of the value of their assets so that we can provide you with any relevant inheritance tax advice.
Why are Grant Saw the best people for the job?
We are the largest Private Client department in the local area and have five dedicated specialists in the team. As a department, we pride ourselves on providing excellent client service, with a friendly and approachable manner and we are frequently instructed by new clients based on recommendations received from our existing clients. We also hold the Law society accreditation for excellence in Wills and Probate, known as WIQS (Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme), as well as having a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and an associate member of STEP. These are all demonstrative of the expertise and dedication our lawyers have in making sure our clients receive the best advice possible.
Our experienced team of solicitors are able to prepare a bespoke Will to suit your personal requirements.
We also have full disabled access at our Greenwich and Blackheath offices.