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 it’s important to make a Will for a variety of reasons:
- It will give you peace of mind knowing your possessions and assets are being left for the ones you intend them too
- You will receive peace of mind that any special provisions, for example for children, partners, former partners or vulnerable adults, are honoured.
- You will have the comfort of knowing that specific bequests such as charitable legacies will be administered and you need the reassurance and peace of mind that any or all of these will not be challenged, potentially causing more distress and hurt to those already suffering the pain of bereavement.
- It will allow you to decide who will be in charge of your affairs after you’re gone
- If you’re unmarried, it will protect your family
- For those with more complex families, whether this involves 2nd / 3rd marriages and/or children from previous relationships, a Will provides certainty that your wishes will be carried out and no members of your family will not be overlooked
- It will make the whole process of passing away easier for your loved ones to deal with
- If you have children or grandchildren, how much they are legally entitled to will depend on where you live in the UK – but if you make a will you can decide this yourself
- It will ensure that specific arrangements are made for your funeral
- You can protect your assets for future generations in your family with a Property Trust
- It can protect your digital assets such as photos, websites, online purchases, emails and social media accounts
- You can even decide what will happen to you pet
Do You Need a Will?
We have created a brochure explaining ‘What is a Will?’ and the benefits of appointing a Solicitor when creating a Will. Find the guide below:
Because we know it’s not always easy to find the time to make an appointment and visit us in person, we also operate a Will drafting service by post.
You can complete a questionnaire confirming your wishes in the comfort of your own home, in your own time and return it to us to draft your Will.
How do I complete a Postal Will?
Just simply request a Will pack and we will send you a questionnaire and information pack out within 5 working days. Follow the instructions in the pack and return the completed documents to us. On receiving the completed forms we will draft your Will and send it out to you within 7 working days, along with instructions on how to have the document witnessed/signed.
Order your Will pack here
Are you planning to retire?
We have created a free advice guide for anyone looking to retire and steps you should take to plan for it. Find the retirement guide below:
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.
The prices for Postal Wills start from £100.00 + VAT for a single simple Will and £160.00 + VAT for a simple joint Will. If, for any reason, after considering your completed questionnaire, we do not think that the postal service is the most appropriate method of making a Will for you, perhaps because you need a more complex Will, we will contact you to inform you of this and discuss the options with you.
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.
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.
2 steps to contacting Howells:
Call our New Enquiry Team on 0114 249 66 66 or email [email protected] for an initial chat about your situation.
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.
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.