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In the current climate many people across the UK are keen to get their legal affairs in order. However, due to social-distancing rules many people are also housebound and unable to see a solicitor.

 

Times of adversity call for legal professionals to be more creative and flexible in order for clients to be able to access the legal advice and services that they need. We are pleased to be able to continue to draft wills remotely, working with individuals and families over phone, email and video calls to get their wishes onto paper.

 

Amending Your Will

 

If you already have a will with Lamb Brooks, or held with another firm, you may be considering checking that it is still fit for purpose.

 

Things to check for:

 
  • Does your will still reflect your wishes and intentions? Your circumstances may have changed since you first wrote it.
  • Does it include all your family members? New partners, children and grandchildren may need to be included when passing on your assets.
  • Have you married, divorced or separated since writing your will? All too often people pass away without updating this important legal document which can result in new partners or children you have had with a new partner being left out of a will.
  • Are your key assets included? If you own property, large assets or a business, check that they are included in your will and you have outlined your intentions for how they are to be dealt with.
  • Is your chosen executor still alive and able to act for you? Many married couples list each other, but once the surviving spouse passes away, they are left without a valid executor. Name more than one person or include your solicitor.
 

Depending on the types of changes you are looking to make, you might be best to make amendments (also called codicils) rather than starting again with a new will. Your Solicitor can advise you on the best and most cost-effective choice for you.

 

Writing Your First Will

 

If you are one of the 50% of the population without a will then you may be prompted by recent world events to put some planning in place for your family.

 

To get you started you will need to consider the following basics:

 
  • Who do you want to benefit from your will?
  • Who do you want to make executor/s of your will?
  • If you have young children, who would you like to appoint as their legal guardians?
  • Do you have any specific wishes or assets that should be dealt with in a certain way?
  • Do you have any funeral wishes that you want to set out?
  • Do you have more complicated circumstances, or do you need to think about inheritance tax?
 

Get Started Making a Will Today

 

Our team are on hand and continue to work during these difficult times as we understand that many of our clients and local families will be keen to get their affairs in order.

 

To get started we can email you a copy of our comprehensive wills questionnaire. This will help you get all your information, assets and intentions onto paper and is a good starting point for drafting your wills. Alternatively, we can set up a video call or telephone call to discuss your Will.

 

Call us on 01256 844888, email enquiries@lambbrooks.com or speak to our online chat assistant for more information.

 

Other articles you may be interested in reading:

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A Quick Guide to Making a Will

Close to Home: Passing on Your Property

 

The contents of this article are for the purposes of general awareness only. They do not purport to constitute legal or professional advice.  The law may have changed since this article was published.   Readers should not act on the basis of the information included and should take appropriate professional advice upon their own particular circumstances.