The writing of wills

A Will is required in order to ensure that your assets pass on your death in accordance with your wishes.

Preparing a Will offers peace of mind and will ensure that following a person’s death, matters concerning their estate have already been considered and should be dealt with in a straightforward and prompt manner. A well drafted Will can also mitigate the effects of any inheritance tax that would ordinarily be payable.

For further information please see the attached brochure Making A Will


How does the process work/what are the steps?

You are invited to attend our offices for a meeting to discuss their wishes. We are equally happy to discuss matters over the telephone or by email. Alternatively, we can meet at your home if that is more convenient for you. In emergencies, we can also attend clients in hospital.

We shall draft the Will in accordance with the your requirements.You will, of course have an opportunity to approve or amend the Will prior to signing. Once you are happy with the Will, it can be engrossed and signed. We are usually requested to store the Will in our firm’s storage facility for safekeeping, which we do at no extra cost and we will also provide a signed photocopy for your own records.

How long is the legal process when writing a will?

For a straightforward matter, a Will can be completed within a week from initial instructions to execution of the Will. If there is a particular urgency, a Will can be drafted and signed within a couple of working days, if required.

Is it expensive?

We are usually able to provide a fixed fee service for the drafting of most Wills. Please call or email us [email protected] for a quotation.

What are the things people should consider before calling?

You should consider the following:

  • Who they would like to appoint as their executors. That is the person(s) appointed to ensure that the terms of their Will are followed. Many of our clients nominate this firm to act in this capacity.
  • The appointment of guardians of their children (if there are any children who are under 18 at the time of their death).
  • Those persons they would like to benefit under the Will.
  • Any gifts of specific items or money they would like to leave.
  • It would also be helpful if you could provide us with a rough estimate of the value of their assets so that we can provide you with any relevant inheritance tax advice.

Why are Grant Saw the best people for the job?

We have an experienced team of solicitors who are able to prepare a bespoke Will to suit your personal requirements.

The writing of wills tips

  • It is worthwhile bearing in mind that, if an individual has no living relatives at the time of their death and they have not made a Will, then their estate will go to the Crown (the Government).
  • If this is something that an individual would prefer not to happen, then a Will should be prepared which benefits friends and/or a particular charity
  • Please note that "common law" husbands and wives are not recognised by succession laws - in the absence of a Will, they will receive no benefits at all 
  • You should always consider the inheritance tax provisions when drafting a Will


The writing of wills myth busting

That a Will is not required for some people, or the suggestion that Wills are only necessary for elderly people. This is not the case.

It is also often thought that Wills are straightforward and people do not need specialist advice. Unfortunately too often this is not the case and problems or disputes frequently can occur for instance, when homemade Wills are prepared and expert guidance has not been sought.

Meet the The writing of wills team