Wills FAQ

Wills FAQs

Below you will find answers to our Wills FAQs, when you are ready to speak to a solicitor, contact your local office below, or request a callback and we will be in touch. You can read more about our Will service here.

1. How much does it cost to make a will?

Everyone is different and so is the cost of making a will. To provide clarity, we have a grading system for our wills which we can provide to you.

2. Can I make a will for free?

If you meet the relevant criteria, you may be able to make a free will using one of the various charity run free will schemes.

3. What happens if someone dies without making a will?

The estate will be distributed according to the rules of intestacy. If a loved one has died without a will then contact us for a no-obligation meeting to discuss what that will mean for the distribution of their estate.

4. What information do I need to make a will?

You will need to think about who your executors are going to be. If you have young children you may want to consider appointing guardians under your will. Draw up a list of any specific gifts you wish to make, whether that be a personal possession(s) or a fixed sum of money. You will then need to think about where the rest of the estate (usually called the residue) will go. Ask us for one of our will questionnaires to give you an idea of the things you should be thinking about.

5. Can I make a will without a solicitor

Provided a will is in writing and signed and witnessed in the correct way then a will can be written by anyone. However, a will is likely to be the most important document that you will ever make. Mistakes or a misunderstanding of the law can result in costly ramifications. Therefore, consultation with a properly qualified and insured legal expert is always recommended.

6. What makes a will void? / What makes a will null and void?

There are many things that can make a will void. For this reason, we would always recommend using a properly qualified and insured legal expert to ensure that this does not happen. If you are concerned that your will or a will of a friend or relative might be void then contact us and we can confirm the validity for you.

7. How long does it take to make a will?

After taking your instructions we aim to send a draft will to you within 2 weeks. Once approved the will can be signed straight away. We often make urgent wills for people which can be done in the same day.

8. Can you make a joint will?

You can make a joint will but it is more common to make a mirror will whereby you each have a will but the terms are broadly similar.

9. What documents do I need to make a will?

You need to have an idea of your assets and who you want to benefit from your estate.

10. What makes a will a legal document?

The wills need to be written and signed and witnessed in accordance with the Wills Act. We will ensure that everything is done properly for your will to be a valid legal document.

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