Making a will does not require the help of a solicitor to make it legally valid. But there are certain circumstances where getting legal advice is advisable, such as:
if your estate and the way you want to pass it on are complicated
if you have remarried and have children from a previous marriage
if you have property or investments based outside the UK
if there is a business involved
if you will be supporting someone with disabilities.
If you prefer to use a solicitor to make a Will, be sure to use one that specialises in Wills and probate. Ask around for recommendations, or contact your local Citizen’s Advice Bureau, or visit http://solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to consult a verified Wills and Estates Solicitor online, you can try the service provided by Expert Answers which is used and approved by Trading Standards in England and Wales.
Some Will writing and probate solicitors offer a first interview for a fixed fee or free and many charge a set fee. Charges for drawing up a will can vary between solicitors but generally range from £60-£200 depending upon the type and level of Will writing service you choose.
Ask at least three solicitors who specialise in Wills and probate for a quote first, and explain if there are complicated circumstances or if inheritance tax is involved as the fees may be higher. If you are eligible and 70 or over, a single parent, have disabilities or are the parent of someone with disabilities being provided for in the Will, you should be able to get help with the legal costs of making a Will.
All content is provided as information only and does not represent personalised advice. If you have any doubts you should take expert advice so that your individual circumstances can be considered. You can search a national database of Will and probate solicitors at solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk. Alternatively you can ask a verified Wills & Estates Solicitor about your situation instantly online at www.expertanswers.co.uk.
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