Making a Will is one of the most important things that you can do for your loved ones and ensures that your wishes will be followed after your death. Despite that, over two thirds of people in London die each year without making Wills (intestate) leaving the state to decide who will inherit. Will writing is not a complicated process and although you can do it yourself, it is safer to call in the services of a professional. That way you will be sure that your Will has followed the correct legal procedure and is valid.
The Will department of the Probate Bureau can advise on Will writing and draft a professional legal Will that best covers your interests. The Probate Bureau also provides storage facilities based in London, so even if your copy of the Will goes missing, following your death it can be produced easily.
The inheritance laws are simple to understand and in the absence of a Will, they will be applied. For example, the law does not count any non-legalised relationships such as cohabitation as grounds for inheritance. If this is your situation, it might be that following your death, your beloved partner of 20 years is left with nothing while your long lost brother in Australia inherits the lot! An extreme sounding scenario but sadly this is not that uncommon. Friends or carers are likewise ignored, despite any extenuating circumstances or special relationships you may have.
If you have children or dependents, your Will protects their future and outlines their future care in accordance with your wishes on what is best for them. You can also make a charitable donation. Wills help charities continue with their vital work and even a small bequest is appreciated.
In some cases, you may need specialised legal advice before Will writing. A watertight Will is essential if there are a number of people, who could make a claim on your property, for example. Other types of more complex Wills include the setting up of a trust fund from your estate or there may be other issues. Wills can be as complex or as simple as you need and taking professional advice is crucial to making the best decision. Remember that Wills must be updated following changes of circumstances, for example following a divorce, or birth in the family.
Wills make life much easier for your family after your death. You can state whether you wish to be buried or cremated and the type of service you want. Although you may feel at the time of Will writing that you do not really care, it will help your family at a time when they will be struggling to cope with bereavement following your death.
Wills help keep things simple and avoid the cost and upset of litigation after your death. Many people enjoy the process of Will writing and find peace of mind knowing that all their affairs are in order. Contact the Probate Bureau and find out more about their Will service and fees and if you live in or around the London area or in England meet with a representative in your own home.