What does a Will cost?

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Private client partner, Steph Rodgers, answers one of the most common questions we get asked, “What does a Will cost?”

Wills cost a lot less than many people assume. Our charges start at just £170 plus VAT for a standard single Will, and if you are a couple and want standard joint Will then the price is £270 plus VAT for the pair.

In addition to taking your instructions and drafting the Will, we will also make sure that your Will is validly signed and executed in accordance with the strict legal requirements of the Wills Act.

Furthermore, we will store your original Will in our strongroom free of charge. Some Will writers make a substantial charge for this service so it’s an important consideration to bear in mind if you have received another quote.

This storage service offers you the peace of mind of knowing that your Will is safe and secure, but always accessible. We celebrated our 100th anniversary in 2020, so you can be confident that we will still be here when the time comes for the Will to be retrieved. In the meantime we will provide you with a photocopy of the Will for you to keep at home.

‘Mirror Wills’ are a popular choice for married couples. Mirror Wills compliment each other, with each Will containing similar provisions. To find out more about mirror Wills you can read an article that we have written all about them here.

We know that some people choose to make a DIY Will at home or use the services of so-called ‘Will writers’, who are often unqualified people operating a franchise. However, in our experience both these options can be a false economy, especially if your estate has a significant value.

As our colleagues in our busy contentious probate team will testify, inheritance disputes are on the increase and very often the cause of those disputes is a badly drafted or incorrectly executed Will. It is therefore important not to cut corners and to make sure that your Will has been professionally prepared by a qualified lawyer who understands the complexities of the law and is able to anticipate potential issues that could impact your estate after your death.

If you don’t do so then you may find that your estate does not pass to those who you intended it to, or that it will be decimated by the costs of a protracted legal dispute.

To find out more about making a Will or to book your appointment with one of our specialist lawyers, give us a call on freephone 0333 888 0404 or email us at [email protected]

 

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Steph Rodgers

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Steph Rodgers

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