What should you consider when making a will?
Making a will is the best way to protect your loved ones no matter what your age. Our wills and probate solicitors in Birmingham are highly experienced in preparing wills and can assist with writing a will and applying for probate. We offer a comprehensive service that is efficient and professional yet delivered with care and sensitivity.
- Choose a solicitor to draw up your will. Writing a will without a solicitor can be done, but it is risky. If you make a mistake your will could be invalid or lead to disputes.
- Choose your executors carefully. It is an executor’s role to distribute your estate (your property, assets and possessions). It is a responsible role that must be carried out in accordance with your wishes and the law.
- Appoint guardians for children. If you have children under 18 and they lose both parents, the court will decide who will be their legal guardian unless you specify somebody in your will.
- Consider your trustees carefully. If you set up a trust in your will or if one of your beneficiaries is a child, you will need to appoint people you trust implicitly to manage and invest money on their behalf.
- Leave valuable items to specific beneficiaries. If you have items of sentimental or monetary value leave them to named loved ones to save disagreements.
- Leave a residual legacy. This is what is left of your estate when all gifts have been shared out and debts and taxes have been paid. Leaving a residual legacy is a way of dividing the rest of your estate between the people and/or causes you care about.
- Minimise inheritance tax. A professionally drafted will can assist with tax planning and reduce the inheritance tax your loved ones pay. Our specialist wills and probate solicitors can advise you.
- Make sure your will is witnessed. For your will to be legal you must sign it in front of two independent witnesses who are not beneficiaries. Wills can currently be witnessed remotely if witnessing in person is not possible.
- Store your will safely. At Davisons we offer a will storage service, giving you the peace of mind that your will is protected from loss or damage.
Contesting a will
If you believe a will does not reflect the true wishes of the person who has made it, or you think mistakes were made during probate, you may have grounds to contest. We have solicitors who provide specialist advice in contentious probate matters.