Ettinger Vickers Solicitors
Ettinger Vickers Solicitors

Wills

We provide a range of Will Writing services for people looking to protect their estates offering clear guidance and explaining how each step in the process works.

Probate

On the death of a family member we will guide you through the process of enacting their Will, it does not have to be drawn up by us and if they have died without a Will (known as intestate) they we can also help you through the process.

The costs vary depending on your circumstances so we offer a free 15 minute consultation before making a formal quotation. Contact us now for your free, no obligation review.

Why make a will

Wills are becoming increasingly important for the following reasons:

  • If your estate becomes liable for Inheritance tax (IHT)
    • Currently this is £325,000
    • Married couples can pass on their 'nil-band' allowance, effectively doubling the tax free threshold.
      • For example when the first partner dies they might leave everything to the surviving partner and on the death of the second partner the tax threshold is doubled. However if the first partner uses some of the allowance, e.g. leaving money to children, then this reduces the transfer value - so talk to us first!
      • Warning: This transfer of nil-band does not apply to all relationships, unmarried or siblings living together will not benefit - Please talk to us to check you are eligible.
    • Through proper planning you can avoid leaving a larger tax bill to your descendants
  • Building trusts to preserve assets
    • e.g. ensuring your partner, children and step-children are protected on your death and receive their share of your estate.
  • Advice on Care Home fees
    • Preservation of the family home - your home may be at risk from the local authority to pay for fees.
  • If you are not married
    • Your partner will not automatically inherit anything, it will go to other relatives
    • You want custody of children to go to your partner
  • Appointing Guardians for your children
  • You want specific items to go to to friends or relatives
    • e.g. you want gifts to go to god children or charities

During the difficult times following a death we are will act efficiently during probate to complete matters quickly and efficiently. Some of our client feedback:

"Thank you very much for all your help"

"Graham was genuinely interested in doing the best for us"

Next steps in writing a Will

The costs vary depending on your circumstances so we offer a free 15 minute consultation before making a formal quotation.

Please complete the form below now for your free, no obligation review.