Making and reviewing your Will should be a priority for most people. If you die without making a Will you will be “intestate” and the law will automatically determine how your property is distributed and who administers your affairs after death. This may not necessarily be in a way you would have wanted.
At Hodge Halsall our goal is to ensure that upon your death your precise wishes are carried out with the least distress to your family, and in a manner which keeps problems and expense to a minimum.
Our private client solicitors will offer clear and practical legal advice on the matters to consider when writing your Will. This will include-:
- Naming the executors of your Will
- Including specific bequests and legacies
- Setting up trusts
- Appointing legal guardians for children
- Managing tax planning
- Dealing with foreign assets
The executor’s role is to sort out your property and finances when you die and to carry out the instructions set out in your Will. It is important to choose someone you trust and many of our clients name us as their executors. Acting as executor allows our solicitors to use their specialist knowledge to ensure that all aspects of your estate are dealt with swiftly, correctly and in accordance with your wishes.
You should also review your Will every five years and after any major life changes such as marriage, divorce, deaths, births and moving home, as some life events may cause Wills to become invalid.
If you are considering writing your Will, one of our friendly private client solicitors would be happy to talk with you.