Making a Will is the best way to ensure that your property and personal belongings are distributed amongst your family, friends and / or chosen charities in accordance with your wishes after your death. Although there is no legal requirement for you to make a Will, it is always better to do so, because if you die intestate (i.e. without a valid Will) your assets will be distributed according to the Intestacy Rules, rather than in accordance with your wishes. This means that without a Will you lose control over what happens to your belongings on your death and there is no way of ensuring that your wishes are followed. It can also make the administration of your estate unnecessarily complex and stressful for those you leave behind. It is particularly important to make a Will if:
The Private Client Team have a great deal of experience preparing Wills and advising clients more holistically on all of the associated issues they need to consider alongside their Will.
If you are considering making a Will or would like some more information please do not hesitate to contact us.
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