Access Law offer a comprehensive and affordable Will writing service together for the Southampton area with a full range of services on all matters of probate and inheritance.
Making a Will
The most important thing to remember concerning Wills is that it is better to make a Will than not. Many view making a Will as something to be “put off” or as somehow tempting fate; it isn’t – you are highly unlikely to die suddenly simply because you have made a Will. There are thousands of Wills in storage throughout the country, all belonging to perfectly healthy people (whose minds are clear of the worry that should they die suddenly their loved ones might not be taken care of or receive what is due to them).
It is important to keep your Will up to date. A Will becomes invalid if you subsequently marry (or re-marry). Beneficiaries may increase (eg. you may have additional children or grandchildren) or die and / or Executors may die.
If you don’t make a Will, your estate will be disposed of under the rules of Intestacy, which may not be the way you intended. For example, if you are living with someone but not married to them (and have no children), your estate will pass to your parents or brothers and sisters rather than to your cohabitee: see here.
What we will need to write your Will:
This provides a categorised database of charities together with much other useful information.
We will then draw up a DRAFT copy of your Will for you to approve. This is in order to ensure that there are no errors or omissions. Once you have approved the draft, the Will itself will be printed.
Signing your Will
You must sign the Will in the presence of 2 independent witnesses (ie. people not otherwise mentioned in the Will as Beneficiaries, Executors or Trustees or their spouses). Our staff are happy to witness your signature should you so wish and no charge is made for this.
Storing your Will
Your Will is an important document which should be stored in a safe place. Make sure that those who need to know about your Will can find it (remember you won’t be there to help them!). access law are happy to store your Will for you at no extra charge.
So how much will it cost?
Our prices are highly competitive. We offer reductions for existing* clients and couples who both make Wills at the same time. Prices quoted include VAT.
* existing client means that Access Law have acted on your behalf in the preceding 3 months in a conveyancing or family matter.
Home and Hospital Visits
If you are unable to come to see us about your Will (or any other matter) we can visit you if you are in the Southampton area. We do not charge extra for such visits.
Wills by Post or Email
We can draw up a Will for you based on your instructions sent by post or email and then send you the completed document by post or as an attached WORD document. There is no additional charge for this service.
Age UK has advice on making a Will, Powers of Attorney and many other issues including care home funding.
Wendy Hewstone is a Trusts and Estates Practitioner (TEP) of STEP, the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners and abides by their Code of Conduct for Will writing; a set of ethical principles that demonstrate openly the standard of transparency, service and competency clients can expect from a STEP member when preparing their will.
Details of the code can be accessed here