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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.

Here are our top reasons why you should make a will:

  • Stay in control. You choose who will benefit from your estate and what they are entitled to. You also decide who will administer your affairs after your death.
  • Care for your loved ones. If you do not write a Will, everything you own will be shared out in a standard way as defined by intestacy rules – so the people that matter to you might not receive what you had planned.
  • Keep it simple. It is often quicker, cheaper, and far less stressful to administer an estate where there is a Will.
  • Preserve assets. A Will enables you to preserve assets for beneficiaries. For example, if you have a property and/or business interests, you may want those to go to certain people while leaving further assets to others.
  • Protect vulnerable family or friends. You can nominate a trusted friend or family member to manage the inheritance you leave to a disabled or vulnerable person. This can ensure the intended beneficiary does not lose his or her means-tested benefits.
  • Plan a great send-off. You can record your funeral wishes in your Will to help your family and friends at the most difficult time.
  • Whether you want clarity over how your estate should be distributed after your death, to save your beneficiaries from paying unnecessary levels of inheritance tax or even to leave a sum of money to your favourite charity, we can help.

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.

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