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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make my own Will?

Although you are entitled to write your own Will, you are strongly advised not to unless you possess the legal training to do so. Many problems can arise, simply from using incorrect terminology. Inevitably, any errors made will not be discovered until after your death, at which point it is too late to correct them. This can result in emotional distress and financial loss for your family, or worse the Will could be invalid altogether.

Heritage Will Writing Services are specialists, trained to take all of your assets into account, and advise you on your options, the benefits and pitfalls to ensure you make the right decision for you.

How much does it cost to write a will?

Because we tailor-make your Will for you, the cost will depend on your own particular needs and circumstances. We will be happy to confirm our costs at the free initial meeting, when we have an understanding of what you need us to do.

Our fee includes 2 appointments.

I have a Will but I think it needs amending, is this possible?

We offer a free Will checking service. We will look through your Will and check if any amendments need to be made. If amendments are necessary we can advise you accordingly and of any costs involved.

Do married couples need two Wills?

Yes, a Will is an individual document. A pair of similar or matching Wills which carry the same provisions are called a “Mirror Will”. Getting married or remarried cancels a previously written Will, unless the Will clearly states otherwise.

What are Executors?

In making a Will, you must appoint someone who acts as the Administrator of your estate after your death. It is their responsibility to ascertain your assets at the time of your death, pay bills and funeral expenses and distribute your estate according to your instructions.

Anyone who is over the age of 18 and of sound mind is eligible. You may have a minimum of 1 executor and a maximum of 4. It is also important that they live in the UK, so do not appoint someone who normally resides abroad, or is likely to move abroad in the future. You may appoint a friend or family member, however you are advised not to appoint your spouse in case you should die together.

Can an executor be a beneficiary of my will?

Yes, but they must not be a witness of your Will. Quite often the Executor is one of the main beneficiaries.

What is a beneficiary?

A beneficiary is someone whom you wish to benefit from your Will. You may make gifts of property or a specific sum of money, and you are free to benefit whomever you choose. You can also divide your estate into shares and leave a percentage to particular individuals, e.g “50% of my residuary estate to my two children…”

Can children under 18 inherit my Estate?

You may leave any part of your estate to a child, however they will not inherit until they reach the age of 18. The funds are held in a Trust, which becomes accessible when they reach this age. Prior to which, the Trustees decide how much of the estate may be used for the benefit of the child, e.g to pay school fees.

Should you wish your child to inherit at a later age, you can specify as such within your Will.

Guardians

If you have children under the age of 18 we strongly advise that you use your Will to officially appoint guardians in the event of your death. They will raise your children and provide for them financially. We understand that this can be one of the most difficult decisions you face when writing a Will, however this is the only opportunity to officially nominate someone. Failure to make the necessary appointment could result in a court making this decision for you.

When appointing Guardians it is important to remember:

You need to also consider any financial implications for the guardians- Do they have their own finances, will the will make provision or will some sort of “guardianship insurance” be appropriate?

What does residue mean?

Your residue (or residuary estate) is the balance left over once all debts, funeral expenses, tax and gifts to beneficiaries have been deducted. Unless specified otherwise, your residue estate will be subject to the laws of intestacy. You need to decide who you would like to receive the balance of your estate. This is often your main beneficiary, although you can leave the residue to one person or a number or people in equal or unequal shares.

Should I create a trust?

Creating a trust is largely dependant on your individual circumstances and our consultant will advise accordingly. Trusts have been used for generations to protect vulnerable beneficiaries or the assets of your estate. The trustees which you appoint within your Will are responsible for managing the trust or property until it is inherited by your beneficiaries.

Should I make specific legacies?

Gifts to beneficiaries can include items of sentimental value or heirlooms. They can also be specific amounts of money, otherwise known as a pecuniary legacy. These can be left to loved ones or a charity.

Can I cancel my will?

A Will is cancelled or revoked by any of the following:

What are your opening hours?

Heritage Will Writing Services appreciates the busy lives we lead and therefore we are able to offer flexible timings that are convenient for you.