Picking the best Wills solicitors
Writing a will can be a daunting task, most people would not know where to start. Getting help from a solicitor is advisable as the experience of writing a will can be quite overwhelming. Most people would have a rough idea of what they want to do with their belongings and the solicitor can organise all of these ideas into a structured, professional document and alleviate some of the stress will writing can cause.
Some people have a family solicitor and will often employ him/her to draw up the document. However, if the family solicitor does not specialise in wills, it is relatively easy to find a suitable, affordable solicitor that is more suited to the needs of the client.
Is having a solicitor necessary?
It is not compulsory to appoint a solicitor to write a will, however, one should consider that if they choose to draw up their own will, many complications can arise. In will writing, it is easy to make errors and this can cause problems after the event of the client’s death. There are many formal requirements in making a will that need to be adhered to, any misunderstandings and disputes after the clients death may result in considerable stress and legal costs for the loved ones who are dealing with the will. Employing a solicitor to check and confirm that the document is valid may be auspicious.
There are occasions when it is particularly important to employ a solicitor. Some of these include:
- Sharing a property with someone that is not a spouse
- If care needs to be arranged for someone that is unable to care for themselves and dependent upon the client
- If there are many claimants on the will, i.e. A second spouse or children from a previous marriage
- The client does not permanently reside in the United Kingdom
- Overseas property may come into the will
- There is a business involved
In all of these circumstances, will writing can get complicated, the solicitor can iron out any issues and ensure the document is concrete.
Costs of a solicitor
It is, of course, going to cost to hire a solicitor to draw up a will. The costs can vary depending on the situation of the client involved. Engaging with a solicitor to write a will can actually be very affordable, and it is suggested that some research is conducted to make sure the solicitor obtained is the most suitable and reasonably priced.
The solicitors should give you a close estimation of what they think it will cost for the service before business is conducted. There are however, some things that can better prepare the client before the will is written. These small preparations can reduce the costs:
- Make several lists, starting with the most valuable of items, for example, property owned by the client and work all the way down from sentimental possessions to the smaller items such as precious vinyl and furniture
- Think about the people that need to be appointed for the writing of a will. Beneficiaries will be the people that are most trusted in dealing with the financial aspects after death. This will take some good thought
Writing a will can be more confusing than first anticipated; having a solicitor on board to give sound advice and complete the paperwork is often very beneficial in the grand scheme of things.