Making a Will

Why Make A Will?

By making a Will, you control what happens to your property and your assets after you die. If you don’t have a Will, the law will determine how your assets are distributed, regardless of what your wishes might have been. Relatives, charities or friends you would otherwise have chosen may miss out.

If you are not married to (or in a civil partnership with) your partner, it is particularly important that you make a Will since the law does not automatically give partners the same rights to inherit as spouses and civil partners. Without a Will, your partner may be left with nothing.

If you have children or other dependants, or if you wish to protect your estate from a large Inheritance Tax bill, we certainly recommend you make a Will.

Do I Need A Solicitor?

It is possible to draw up your own Will but it is not advisable. There are strict formalities that need to be followed in order for a Will to be valid. The more complicated your circumstances, the more important it is to get proper legal advice from a firm you trust. The last thing you want is for mistakes to be made that lead to problems for your family and friends after your death.

Why Choose Fraser Dawbarns?

We are one of the largest and most well-established firms in the region. We care about our clients and will use our extensive legal expertise to give you peace of mind that everything will be in order after your death. We will advise you about everything from what to include in your Will, to setting up trusts and the potential effect of Inheritance Tax on your estate.

We have offices in Wisbech, King’s Lynn, Downham Market and March which means we will always be close by when urgent issues arise or when you need to sign something at short notice. If a home visit is required, we will be pleased to come and see you.

Keeping Your Will Up To Date

You should review your Will every 5 years or after any major life change, such as getting married or divorced, having a child or moving house. It is best to deal with a major change by having a new Will drawn up. If the changes are less significant it is possible to make minor alterations to your existing Will with a separate document (called ‘a Codicil’). It is always sensible to consult a solicitor to discuss how best to make any necessary changes.

Keeping It Safe

Once your Will is finalised, it is essential that it is kept safe and that you tell your chosen executor/s or a close friend or family member where it is. We offer a free storage service to our clients. We will store the original Will for you and send you a copy.

Our Charges

We charge a fixed fee for a straightforward Will so you know in advance exactly how much it will cost you. Please contact us for details of the fixed fee.

If the work is going to be more complicated, we will give you an estimate of the cost when taking your instructions. Rest assured there will never be any hidden charges.

Free Initial Consultation

We welcome enquiries and are happy to meet for a free of charge initial consultation. This will give us a chance to discuss matters with you and to provide you with an estimate of the potential costs involved.

Get in touch today and make sure that you control what happens to your assets when you die.

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