Are you making a will? Brighton & Hove solicitors Crosby & Woods can help.
Under English law, we have testimonial freedom to leave our estates to whomever we please. However in recent years contesting a will has become a national pastime, highlighting the need for people to take proper advice and have their wills drafted professionally. If you do not have a will the Rules of Intestacy apply to your estate and this means that those you care about may not benefit at all. All these potentially heartbreaking issues can be avoided by drafting a legally binding will.
In times where more and more people embark on second or third relationships with children involved, having a carefully considered will is particularly important. Taking the time to make a will and generally considering your estate planning is a small price to pay for peace of mind and can also mitigate inheritance tax.
"David, as we now approach the conclusion of the complex and very time intensive administration of my late cousin’s Estate, of which you have been the Executor, I wanted to express my sincere thanks and to say how very effectively, sensitively, sympathetically, professionally and thoughtfully you have dealt with his Estate throughout and also his funeral arrangements – my family are greatly appreciative of everything you have done." Mrs H, Somerset- August 2016
Thank you so much for your letter, I am delighted that the charities so close to my late cousin’s heart will benefit from his extensive collections. I am quite sure knowing him as I did, that these collections, built up over a very long lifetime, took enormous sorting out by yourself and colleagues, a job I would not envy having had to do so well done. Thank you so much for all the hard work you have done to ensure my cousin’s wishes have been carried out exactly as he had requested. It really has been appreciated by myself and my family." Mrs AK, Lewes- August 2016