Where there’s a Will
It’s not something you want to think about, but have you and your loved ones made a Will? There are so many reasons why you should and once it’s done, you won’t have to worry about it again.
As well as reducing stress on those you leave behind, a Will can make sure your wishes are carried out to the letter, as well as making sure your Estate is looked after in the most tax-efficient manner possible.
A Will can be made by anyone over the age of 18, and if you have children under the age of 18, it makes provision for their care after you’ve gone by appointing Guardians; without a Will and in the event of your death, they could become a ward of court which is a terrifying thought for any parent. In today’s era of the blended family, a Will can also safeguard your estate for your children in the event of a future marriage by your bereaved spouse.
How do I start?
In our humble opinion, and whilst you can do it yourself, the best thing to do is to take specialist legal advice. We have some wonderful solicitors in Northwich who specialise in Wills and Probate work and will take the stress of this away for you. They’ll even be able to register the will and store a copy of it for you (for a fee).
Susan Howarth & Co Solicitors
Their specialist legal team promise to “guide you through what needs to be done in order to handle the “winding up” of the Estate with great sensitivity and understanding at what is inevitably a very upsetting and sometimes confusing and stressful time”. They’re based on Chesterway in the Town Centre and for more help and advice, you can get in touch with them here.
Gavin Edmondson Solicitors
Based on John Street, the team at GE Solicitors “understand that family relationships can be sensitive and complicated. Our friendly, dedicated team of lawyers strive to ensure that making your Will is kept as straightforward as possible, whatever your circumstances.” And that sounds like sensible advice to us. For more information or to contact them, click here.
Butcher and Barlow
Based on London Road, they understand that few people are comfortable thinking about their own mortality, that’s human nature, so they have a specialist Private Client Team who look after everyone from young couples buying their first house together to business owners looking for the most tax-efficient way of exiting their business, to inter-generational family wealth in trusts. You can contact them here.
From their Castle Street offices, they offer personal service, experience, security, impartiality and confidentiality and have a competent team well-versed in all manner of Estate matters, for this and a wealth of helpful information including LPAs, you can contact them here.
The Wills team is led by Robert Gore who’s told us…
“A Will is crucial when planning who receives your assets and can prevent a costly challenge to your estate. Whether you have a vast estate and need to do Inheritance Tax planning or more specifically want to appoint a guardian for a child, our expert team of Will writers can help ensure you have the right advice…and the right Will.”
Dixon Rigby Keogh
Based on Watling Street, you’ll find the approachable team at Dixon Rigby Keogh who have been offering legal services to their clients for over 150 years; they offer office visits or out-of-office appointments for those unable to travel and for more information on their services, click here.
Don’t be scared of making your Will; making a Will gives you control over what happens after your demise, meaning your life’s work is distributed fairly and in accordance with your wishes. As the saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way!
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