It does not matter how many times you revisit your original will to update it and make changes. The most important factor is that you have one in existence in the first place so that when the time comes, your wishes will posthumously be respected and carried out. This can be in regards to funeral plans, asset distribution, donations, dependent responsibility and so on. There will need to be named individuals in the will who will act in certain roles, for example an executor who will have responsibility of administering the contents of the will. If there is no one that you would deem suitable to undertake these responsibilities then you can appoint a legal professional to act in this role.
Please do be aware that if you do not have a will, upon your death everything will be subject to the rules of intestacy which will dictate who can receive what, which may well not be how you would have chosen it to be.
Our wills, trusts and probate solicitors can:
- draft a will to your exact requirements;
- prepare a will at short notice, including at your hospital bed or over the telephone if you are abroad or suddenly become unwell;
- apply to the Court of Protection for a statutory will on behalf of a relative who is unable to make a will in the normal way;
- ensure the legal formalities needed to create a valid will are complied with;
- take extra steps to ensure that everything is done properly where you have been diagnosed with deteriorating mental health;
- prepare a letter of wishes to accompany your will to deal with matters like funeral arrangements and to explain any decisions that may come as a surprise to your family;
- advise you on the best way to structure your affairs for tax planning to ensure you pay no more inheritance tax than necessary;
- put in place arrangements for the protection of vulnerable beneficiaries, for example by setting up a trust; and
- create a deed of variation to change the terms of a will or the rules of intestacy to make provision for other relatives or to save tax.
There are several legal formalities that will need to be completed in the creation of a will which our expert Private Client solicitors can guide you through. If you have been diagnosed with a progressive mental illness such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia, additional checks will need to be made to verify your mental capacity at the time of making your will. This is to ensure that any decisions outlined in your will are made with your full understanding.
We can also assist with other matters to help you put your legal affairs in order, including the creation of a lasting power of attorney to enable you to appoint someone of your choosing to manage your affairs if you become unable to do so yourself through deterioration of mental or physical health.
Advising families throughout Kent and beyond
We can also offer meetings at your home, in hospital or in a care facility, and in exceptional circumstances a telephone appointment can be arranged via skype.
How much does it cost?
We offer a free initial 30-minute appointment to discuss your requirements. After that we can agree funding arrangements to suit your budget. For some cases involving the Court of Protection legal aid may be available.
Get in touch
Call us on 01732 353305 if you need our help. Alternatively complete our Contact Us form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.