Enlisting the help of experience will writing solicitors can help make the whole process a lot more straightforward.
Frequently asked questions about wills and probate
1. What is a will?
A will is a legal document that sets out what you want done with your belongings and the care of your children when you die.
2. Who can use the will writing service?
Our quick and easy wills questionnaire can be completed by a single person, or used to produce a joint will for partners (whether married or not, including same-sex partnerships). Our expert wills and probate solicitors can also use the system to draft a will based on the information you provide. However, if you do need to speak to someone, our team of wills solicitors are available to talk you through the process of making a will online.
3. How much does it cost to make a will?
At Thompsons, our solicitors’ fees for making a will range from £150 inclusive of VAT for a single will and £240 inclusive of VAT for a joint will. If you’re a trade union member, you may have access to a will writing service as part of your union legal scheme. Please contact your union for further details.
Thompsons’ will writing service is provided by BBH Legal Services Limited, a subsidiary law firm wholly owned by Thompsons. BBH Legal Services Limited’s team of will writing solicitors can also help with drafting Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Administration of Probate Estates and other services.
4. What happens if I die without having a will?
If you don’t have a will, you have no say in what happens to your belongings, any money you have or children should you die. The UK’s Rules of Intestacy will govern how your assets are divided, which could exclude people or charities you’d like to have benefited.
5. Why should I use a solicitor to make a will?
Seeking the expertise of a professionally trained solicitor, such as those in the BBH Legal wills and probate team, when writing a will ensures it is legally binding and suitably clear – particularly important when finances are complicated or there are several beneficiaries.
6. What is probate?
Probate is the process of dealing with someone’s estate when they die. It is usually carried out by executors, often a relative or close friend, who is named in the will. Professional assistance is often helpful is the estate is complicated.