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If the thought of writing a will leaves you feeling anxious or awkward, you are not alone. More than half of UK adults have no provision and therefore, no control about what will happen to their estate after their death. At ORJ Law, we understand that talking about your Will with your family can be difficult. That’s why we are here to take away the worry and provide you with honest, friendly and above all, practical advice on where to start when making a will.

Wills must meet certain conditions in order to be valid and it's always worth getting professional advice when writing a will. Get in touch with our team to find out how we can help you write a watertight, tax-efficient will that follows your wishes.

If you believe that there is something wrong with a Will or that you have been unfairly denied an inheritance then you may have grounds to make a challenge. It is possible to challenge a Will itself or make a claim under Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 if you believe you should have been provided for. Disputes over Wills often occur between family members and come at a time which is already stressful for all concerned. Despite this, it is important for you to seek legal advice as soon as possible and ORJ’s specialists will be happy to help. Click here to find out more.

Making a Will can help reduce the amount of inheritance tax that might be payable on the value of the property and the money you leave behind. Even if you have a will, it may need to be revisited to ensure it benefits from the residence nil-rate band. Here at ORJ Law, our experienced inheritance tax planning solicitors will be able to help you make sure your wills are as tax-efficient as possible.

Making a will helps to minimise court intervention and disputes. A Will can sometimes still be challenged on the basis that it is unfair, the courts are generally more reluctant to interfere with the provisions made in a will than those provided for by the intestacy rules. When you make a Will through a qualified solicitor, you reduce the chance of a problem or dispute arising after your death. Contact Adam Smith for more information.

As a parent, making a will might not be the first thing on your mind, but it is an important element of safeguarding your children's future. Making a will isn't always about money, it also allows you to appoint someone to act as a guardian if you were to die while your children are still minors. Contact our team today to find out more.

Why make a will?

Adam Smith, ORJ wills specialist, explains why it’s wise to make plans now rather than risk leaving things too late:

A will is a legally enforceable document that sets out your wishes concerning how your property is distributed after death. If you do not have a valid will when you pass, then all your property, savings, investments and other assets (collectively known as your estate) is shared out according to the ‘rules of intestacy’.

So let’s look at why it makes good sense to prepare a valid will:

  1. It makes life so much easier for those left behind.

If you leave a valid will you will save your loved ones a lot of time, stress and heartache at a very difficult time. Once you have written down exactly what you want to happen to your estate, it makes it as straightforward as possible to share out the proceeds of your property, savings and belongings.

  1. You might not like the alternative…

If you don’t make a will then the state takes control of everything that’s yours – and shares it all out according to the standard laws of intestacy. This may not reflect your personal wishes – but by then it will be too late!

  1. Avoid unnecessary tax

Depending on the value of your home and investments, your estate may be subject to inheritance tax. That means the taxman can take 40p in every pound you have, over a certain threshold. By making a will you can minimise the amount of tax paid on the property and money you leave behind.

  1. Think of the kids….

If you have children or other dependant family, it is especially important to make sure they get what is right from your estate. Or perhaps there are other causes close to your heart – such as a special person or charity. Making a will means you get to choose exactly where the money goes.

  1. It’s so easy

Despite all the benefits it brings, making a will is surprisingly simple and cost-effective in most cases. And once it’s done, it’s done for life – unless you decide to change it later on.

We can help you plan today, for whatever lies ahead and will work with you to remove the stress – and the anxiety – ensuring you have a Will that is sound and secure for your family’s future.

Click here to view our Fee Schedule for Wills, LPAs, Probate and Ancillary documents.

Call Adam Smith at ORJ Law on 01785 275354 today, to find out how we can help.