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Wills & Succession Planning

Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Meet Lesley Rushton

A Will is one of the most important documents you will ever make, yet over 50% of adults in the UK still do not have a Will. A Will ensures that your money and possessions go to the people and causes that matter to you most. Have you written yours?

Read our arrangements for Making Wills and LPAs during COVID-19.

If you die without leaving a Will your partner, spouse or other close family members do not automatically benefit from your estate. If you have no surviving family your estate will pass to the Crown.

Many people are concerned about the cost of writing a Will with a Solicitor. But a simple mistake in a DIY Will or one prepared by uninsured and untrained Will writers can often mean paying a much higher price and leave loved ones and assets unprotected.

What information do I need to know for my first Will appointment?

Prior to your first Will appointment you should give some thought to matters that you would want included in your Will such as funeral wishes, who is going to sort out your estate and carry out your wishes and any specific legacies you wish to make.

The questionnaire on the link below will help you and it would be useful if you could fill this in before your appointment and send it to us so we can discuss further at our first meeting.

Information we need to draft a Will

How much will a Will cost?

A straightforward Will writing service costs £325 plus VAT, whereas two individuals together will cost £425 plus VAT. Our costs may increase if the Will is complex, for example if a Trust has to be included. If you have any questions about Will content, then please contact our Wills, Tax & Estate Administration experts.

As a Will writing Solicitor we will advise on Inheritance Tax, asset protection by the inclusion of a Trust in your Will and the appointment of guardians if you have minor children. Our Wills and inheritance advice offers a flexible solution to practical problems.

Have you made a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

Many clients who have not made a Lasting Power of Attorney, choose to do this at the same time as they make a Will. If you would like to do this, please let us know.

For further advice on Wills and succession planning, please contact a member of our Wills, Tax & Estate Administration team based in Canterbury, Ashford and Herne Bay.

Our Experts

Lesley Rushton

Head of Department
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration and Court of Protection

Charlotte Nock

Partner
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Chris Neeve

Partner
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Louise Wilson

Partner
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Ovid Busette

Senior Associate Solicitor
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Rachel Mock

Associate Solicitor
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Poppy Cooke

Assistant Solicitor
Wills, Tax & Estate Administration

Joanne Beale

Tax Manager
Trusts & Taxation

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a Will?

A Will is a legally binding document which sets out your wishes regarding the distribution of your property and assets when you die, as well as the care of your minor children.

Do I need to use a solicitor to make a Will?

Although a Will is a legally binding document, it does not need to be drawn up by or witnessed by a solicitor. If you wish to make a Will yourself, you can do so. However, trying to make your own Will without assistance, can lead to mistakes or lack of clarity and could mean that your Will is invalid. There are specific requirements for the signing of a Will which if not followed can also make your Will invalid.

We recommend using a solicitor to draft your Will who will have been professionally trained so as to ensure that your wishes are appropriately reflected.

Similarly, if a Trust is required or there are numerous beneficiaries, a professionally drafted Will gives peace of mind and can make it easier for those you leave behind.

Will my partner inherit my estate?

EA surviving partner who is not married to you or in a civil partnership will have no automatic right to inherit from you. If you die without leaving a Will such a partner will only inherit if you make a Will leaving your estate or part of your estate to them.