It is easy to put off making a Will. But if you die without one your assets may be distributed according to the law rather than your wishes. This could mean that your partner receives less, or that the money goes to family members who may not need it.

Making a Will – why it’s important

There are lots of good reasons for making a Will:-

  • You can decide how your assets are shared out – if you don’t make a Will then the law says who gets what so your friends, favourite charities and relatives may get nothing. It is particularly important if you are not married to your partner. This is because the law does not automatically recognize partners as having the same rights as husbands and wives.
  • You can decide who will administer your estate.
  • You can include your wishes for your funeral.
  • If you have young children you can name someone as their legal guardian. Without a Will there could be uncertainty about who will look after or provide for them.
  • It may be possible to reduce the amount of tax payable on the inheritance.
  • You can consider making Mutual Wills

Storage of Your Will

Remember, we can store your Will for you free of charge. You are of course free to retain your original Will but the majority of our clients prefer storage at our office. It is also a good idea to check the whereabouts of your previous Will. It may be held by a bank (who are charging you for storage?) or a previous firm of solicitors. You should write to them advising you have completed a new Will.

How to proceed

If you would like to make a Will then please contact us for an initial discussion. We will complete an initial questionnaire with you, either here at our office, or by post or e-mail, and we will then prepare the Will for your approval, possible amendment, and completion.

The Office
Golden Lion Yard
North Yorkshire

01969 625 526

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Bank Chambers
Main Street
North Yorkshire

01969 667 171

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