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Five reasons you should use a solicitor’s firm to prepare your Will

If you are thinking about writing a Will, you may have considered doing it yourself. There are many templates and tools available online, along with vast amounts of information about the law. However, there are significant benefits to using a solicitor to write your Will – not to mention the pitfalls of trying to do it yourself. In this article, we look at five reasons to use a solicitor to write your Will.

11 Feb 2022

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Manzurul Islam

Manzurul Islam

A solicitor knows what to ask

One of the key benefits of using a solicitor begins even before the Will writing process. Writing a Will is part of estate planning, and while it is an important part, there are many practical and legal matters you may also wish to get in order. Not only would a solicitor be able to draw out all of the property and interests that make up your estate, ensuring that nothing is forgotten about, but they can also help plan your affairs to make you pay as little tax as possible.

Your Will, will be properly drafted

A Will is a formal legal document and, as a result, must meet certain legal requirements. Even many online Will templates and services fail to observe the legal requirements for validity, and where this happens, your Will writing efforts may have been pointless. Furthermore, where a Will is not properly drafted, it will be invalid or open to challenge. Many Wills disputes arise out of unclear wording, but by using a solicitor you can ensure that your directions are not left open to interpretation.

A solicitor understands how to draft a Will for complex finances or family structures

If you have complicated finances, or you have even a slightly more complex family structure, we would advise you to use a solicitor to draft your Will. Drafting a Will to account for, for example, stepchildren can be complicated, and you could end up unintentionally leaving those closest to you with no inheritance.

Inheritance tax planning and Power of Attorney

As discussed above, writing a Will is about more than just setting out where your property will go. With the specialist skill and knowledge of a solicitor, you can also plan to mitigate your inheritance tax liability, allowing you to leave more behind for your loved ones. Similarly, when making a Will, many people choose to make a Power of Attorney too. A Power of Attorney is for your own protection, so that should anything happen to you, you know your affairs will be taken care of as you wish.

You have protection and support

If anything were to go wrong, unlike most stand alone Will-writing companies, solicitors are regulated and insured.  This means you have the added peace of mind knowing there is redress for you or your loved ones in the unlikely event of an error or mistake, meaning you or your estate won’t be out of pocket.

 

M&P Commentary

Manzurul Islam, Head of Wills and Probate, said:

“The importance of having a Will in place cannot be understated.  There is rarely a good reason not to have a Will and its benefits are many.  A properly drafted Wills dictates to whom your wealth passes. So it’s important to get a solicitor’s firm to draft it for you.”

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