If you want to ensure that your estate will pass to whoever you wish after your death, the best way to do this is by making a Will. Do you have one and is it up to date and legally valid? John Whyte’s Will Writing Service in Chichester can help you review and amend the document so it fully reflects your final wishes.
If you haven’t got round to making a Will, don’t delay. It is your opportunity to decide where you would like your property, financial assets and other belongings to go after you’ve passed away. Without a valid Will, it will be up to the law to determine who gets your estate, and the result may not be what you would have liked.
John Whyte is an experienced Will Writer in Chichester and part of estate planning specialists Stanford Legal Services. He can work closely with you and expertly draft your Will to make sure that your last wishes are recorded legally.
What’s the benefit of making a Will?
Contrary to popular belief, making a Will is not just something wealthy people need to worry about. Having a legal document that states your final wishes, made when you’re physically and mentally healthy, has wide ranging benefits for those you leave behind. Assuming you would do whatever you can to protect your loved ones when you are no longer around, making a Will can take the stress out of an emotionally difficult situation.
Here are some of the things you can include in your Will:
- Financial provision for your children and dependents
- Who will be the legal guardian for children under 18 years
- Protection for an unmarried partner
- Safeguarding of the family home
- Decision on who will look after any pets you have
- Protection of your digital assets
- Leaving a legacy to a charity
- Minimising inheritance tax on your estate
What can happen if there is no Will?
Nobody likes to think about their own mortality, but making a Will is always preferable to the alternative that your loved ones may be faced with if you die intestate. Don’t think that it doesn’t really matter if there is no Will. Not making a Will can have serious consequences that includes:
Funeral – Your wishes and arrangements may not be able to be carried out.
Partner – Your spouse or civil partner may not automatically inherit your estate, while unmarried partners may get nothing at all.
Children – Your children (<18 years) may have to go into care and could end up in a foster home.
Family arguments – Tension between family members may arise over who should get what.
Unworthy heirs – Without a Will, your estate may go to a relative who you would not have chosen to benefit.
Possessions – Your entire estate may be disposed of or sold by the government.
Tax – As a general rule, inheritance tax is payable at a flat rate of 40% on anything above £325,000.
Debts – Your loved ones could even inherit your debts, which may cause financial hardship.
How John Whyte’s Will Writing Service in Chichester can help
John Whyte offers a cost-effective and efficient Will Writing Service in Chichester, West Sussex and the surrounding areas. Get your affairs in order with professional help, so you can relax and enjoy the rest of your days with the peace of mind of knowing that your loved ones are looked after.
- We are part of Stanford Legal Services, estate planning experts with vast knowledge of probate and inheritance law. We can advise you and help make your Will so that it is legally valid and mitigates your IHT tax exposure.
- We are highly experienced financial advisers, mortgage brokers and equity release advisers. We are on hand to discuss your assets and family circumstances and talk through all possible scenarios that you should consider when making your Will.
- We will write your Will in plain English where possible, ensuring that the correct legal terminology is used where necessary. Have your Will professionally written by John Whyte and be safe in the knowledge that your final wishes will be honoured.
Get in touch
For a confidential chat about Will Writing in Chichester, West Sussex, contact John Whyte and book your personal consultation. Our independent financial experts can advise how best to pass on your assets and protect those dearest to you and record it all legally in your Last Will and Testament.
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