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Making, Amending or Reviewing a Will

Making, Amending or Reviewing a Will

For many of us, death, or the prospect of death is something they would rather not think about. We know from discussing with our clients that some people are not comfortable around death – whether it’s thinking about your own or preparing for a loved one’s. For these reasons we put off making a Will.

However, someone will be left with the stress of sorting out your estate and will need to take care of your property and affairs, therefore making a Will should be viewed as a positive. If you don’t have a Will, your money, property and possessions will be shared out according to the law instead of your wishes.

What is a Will?

A Will is a written document which directs how a person’s possessions and estate will be distributed when they die. Among other requirements, a Will may appoint executors to administer an estate, name a guardian for a child, and/or make arrangement for payment of duties.

Fees

Our fees for Wills start from £150.00 + VAT for a basic single Will and £220.00 + VAT for a basic mirror (joint) Will.

What does the fee include?

  • An initial appointment to discuss your requirements
  • Advice regarding your options
  • Drafting your Will and sending it to you to consider
  • Meeting with you again to sign your Wills
  • Providing you with a signed copy of your Will; and
  • Storing the original on your behalf.

Sometimes, due to the complexity of estates it is necessary to provide further advice.  The following are not included in the fee for a basic Will:

  • Obtaining a medical report to establish whether you have capacity to make a Will
  • Advice regarding the potential for a challenge to your estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975;
  • Advice regarding the effect of Inheritance Tax on your estate if it appears that there will be a charge on your death.

Amendment to your Will

Our fees for a single codicil starts from £80.00 + VAT and for a mirror codicil, starts from £140.00 + VAT.

What is included and what is not included in this price is the same as for ‘Wills’ above.

Complex Wills

Sometimes, people can find that the arrangements they wish to put into place are more complicated which usually necessitates a more detailed Will being drafted.

We are happy to discuss your needs in an initial meeting and once we appreciate what is required we will provide you with a fixed price for drafting your Will but as a starting point, a single Will under this heading would start from £240.00 + VAT and a joint Will would start from £410.00 + VAT.

Time scales for Will drafting

After we have received complete information from you we aim to draft your Will and send it to you to consider within 7 days.  After you have approved your Will, we will then arrange another appointment with you to sign your Will.  Most Wills are usually completed and signed within a few weeks.

A Guide to Will Writing & Retirement Planning

You can find a guide to Will Writing here:

Do I need a Will – Advice Sheet >

Retirement Planning – Advice Sheet >

2 steps to contacting Howells:

Step 1

Call our New Enquiry Team on 0114 249 66 66 or email [email protected] for an initial chat about your situation.

Step 2

We’ll listen carefully to you, clarify what you’re trying to achieve, and then explain if and how we can help you. We will take some initial information and liaise with a legal professional regarding your case. If it looks like we can help, we will book you in for a consultation with a legal professional.

The Team

Our team are highly knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of Wills and Probate. They are passionate about helping people take control of their affairs and ensuring rights and wishes are upheld. The team will put you at your ease immediately – while their professionalism and eye for detail will have you leaving relaxed and reassured.

We can meet with you personally in the comfort of our offices in Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley. If you are physically unable to attend any of our offices, a home visit can be arranged.

Lindsey Rawson
Partner
0114 249 6672
Louise Tissington
Paralegal
0114 2496692
Millie Nicholson
Paralegal
0114 249 6638
Stephanie Chung
Solicitor
0114 249 6766