IT'S NEVER PLEASANT TO HAVE TO THINK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS AT THE END OF OUR LIFE

But taking the time now to protect the people you care about after you've gone creates certainty about the future and gives you the peace of mind of knowing your affairs are in order when that time comes. Our Will writing service in London offers you the certainty of knowing your wishes are clear.

Carlsons’ experienced London solicitors will draft a professionally-written Will that provides certainty and is in accordance with your specific requirements, incorporating the often very specific bequests that make every Will unique.

WHY HAVING A WILL IS IMPORTANT

Current statistics suggest that around 52% of the adult UK population is currently without a Will, making the administration process that follows a death more complicated at a time which is already distressing for those you leave behind.

Without a Will, you risk your partner and children being disinherited. A Will written and prepared by a solicitor and reviewed regularly ensures that upon death your assets are dealt with as you wish, and your family is safeguarded. Also, our London solicitors can help you ensure that maximum use is made of the Inheritance Tax allowance available on death.

Updating or changing an existing Will is usually relatively straightforward and our solicitors can help you to regularly review the provisions you have made within it to ensure it is always up to date.

WHY YOU SHOULD USE A SPECIALIST WILLS SOLICITOR TO WRITE YOUR WILL

Although it may be tempting to use an online service to write your own Will, we would always recommend our clients not to go for that option. Writing a will requires experience and expertise and the scope to get things wrong if you do it yourself could mean your wishes aren’t fulfilled when you die.

Few Wills are entirely straightforward, even when they might appear to be on the surface.

Tax considerations – particularly around Inheritance Tax (IHT) – are increasingly likely to inform how your Will is written because the value of an average estate is rising faster than the threshold at which you will be required to pay IHT on what you inherit.

Similarly, if you own a business or you have assets overseas which you would like to be included in your estate it makes sense to use a solicitors’ practice like Carlsons which offers a specialist Will writing services to ensure that there is rigorous due diligence around asset or IP ownership. This gives you the reassurance of knowing you are legally able to make your intended bequest.

It's especially important that you use an experienced Wills solicitor if the provisions you wish to make are likely to be complicated or if you have reason to believe the Will may be challenged after your death.

Family situations can also be complicated and in these situations the person writing a Will needs to have the expertise to be able to make the provisions you want in a way that is likely to be recognised by a court should your Will be challenged.

This could be the case if you have children from a previous marriage or if you want to make specific provision in your Will for a previous partner or for a family member or child with a disability.

PROTECTION FOR THOSE YOU LOVE

Without a Will there is little to protect those closest to you should there be a dispute over the way your estate is distributed after your death. As a formal legal document, your Will gives you, your family and your friends a high degree of certainty over what happens to your estate when you die – and makes it more difficult for someone to contest.

By using a solicitor to write your Will, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that the process has been completed properly, that nothing has been missed and that your Will is stored securely.

Our Wills solicitors are among the most experienced in London and will work closely with you to ensure your future legacy is fully protected and legally binding. For more information about our Will writing services, please feel free to get in touch with Carlsons Solicitors.