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Wills, Trusts & Estates

Will Writing Services

Making a Will ensures that when you die, your estate is dealt with according to your wishes. With effective planning, a Will can also make sure your loved ones are also provided for in a tax-efficient way.

Our solicitors can help you write a Will to:

  • Make sure your money goes to the people you want it to go to
  • Minimise inheritance tax
  • Name trusted people as executors to sort out your affairs when you die
  • Appoint legal guardians for any children who are still minors
  • Reflect changes in your life circumstances, such as marriage or divorce, or the birth of children or grandchildren
  • Ensure gifts of personal items are left to the right people
  • Set up trusts and make gifts to charity.

If you don’t make a Will, the law will divide your estate according to what is known as the rules of intestacy. These rules are very rigid and may not reflect what you’d like to happen to your wealth, or what is most tax-efficient.

Our will writing service is easy to use and tailored to your needs. You can make a will online, by post, by phone or in person. We can store your Will and offer free amendments as part of our Wills Assured service. We also act as executors for many clients, and have administered thousands of estates.

We can also help you make a Lasting Power of Attorney to give someone you trust the authority to make decisions on your behalf if you lose mental capacity later in life.

Our partner-led team has experts in wills, probate, trusts, estate planning and tax. We regularly deal with complex and high-value estates, often with international assets, and we understand the unique challenges this can present.

Call the team today on 0370 1500 100 or use our online form and we’ll call you back.

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Advice on all relevant tax planning and protection issues
Manage overseas assets and liaise with any experts used abroad
Experience with all types of wills from really simple to complex

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    • How Do I Make A Will?
    • Making a Will is simple. There’s a few ways to do it:

      • Onlinethe questionnaire only takes ten minutes to complete
      • By postdownload the form and send it back to us
      • By phone – call and speak to us
      • In person – come and speak to us in one of our national offices

      We recommend our online or postal service if your estate is relatively straightforward. If you have more complex requirements, or you’d like to talk about tax-planning or asset protection options such as setting up a trust, we advise speaking to us on the phone or coming in to see one of our experts.

      Call us today for an initial consultation on 0370 1500 100 – or use our online enquiry form and we’ll give you a call back.

    • How Much Does It Cost?
    • This depends on your requirements and the complexity of your estate. Standard Wills offered through our online service cost:

      • £145 (including VAT) for a single Will
      • £195 (including VAT) for ‘mirror’ Wills (for couples - if your needs are very similar).

      If your estate is fairly straightforward we recommend this option. Get started with our online wills service today.

      You can also use our postal service by downloading the form and sending it in to us. The fees for this service are:

      • £175 (including VAT) for a single Will
      • £260 (including VAT) for ‘mirror’ Wills.

      For both these services there may be additional costs if you need more complex advice. We would let you know about these before drafting your Will.

      If you prefer a more personal service by meeting with us or discussing your Will on the phone you can set up an appointment with our solicitors. The fees for this service are:

      • From £395 (excluding VAT) for a single Will
      • From £495 (excluding VAT) for ‘mirror’ Wills
      • From £150 (excluding VAT) for codicils (an addition that explains, modifies or revokes part of a Will).

      Larger and more complex estates will need more dedicated legal advice to ensure your wealth is structured in the most tax-efficient way. For this we recommend coming into our offices to speak with one of our experts in person.

      To set up an appointment in person or over the phone call us on 0370 1500 100 or use our online enquiry form.

    • What Should I Think About When Making My Will?
    • Everyone’s circumstances are different, but some of the things to consider when making a Will are:

      • The value of your estate – inheritance tax (IHT) is generally due on anything over the £325,000 threshold (£650,000 for married couples and civil partners) once mortgage and other debts are deducted
      • A new IHT allowance of £125,000 may apply if you own a property and leave some of your estate to relatives like children and grandchildren.
      • How you own your assets – if you co-own property with your spouse, the type of tenancy you have will affect whether or not they can continue to live there after your death
      • Who you want to leave your assets to (i.e. your beneficiaries)
      • Who you would like to be the executors of your estate
      • Whether some assets would be best placed in a trust for asset protection purposes.

      These are important decisions to make and you should seek legal advice to make sure your estate is structured in the best way for you and your beneficiaries.

      Read through our Wills Checklist to see if you’ve got everything covered.

    • Can You Store My Will?
    • Yes we can. Our specialist storage facility ensures your Will is kept secure from the risk of theft, fire or water damage. It also means it’s easily accessed after your death, giving you peace of mind and making things easier for your loved ones.

      This service is free for our standard, bespoke and Wills Assured clients.

    • Meet The Team
    • Our team has decades of experience helping people prepare, amend and execute Wills. We’re regularly appointed as executors and are very experienced in estate administration.

      We also have experts in trust administration and tax compliance, which means we have everything you need to plan effectively.

      We have considerable experience in complex estates and frequently work with international and high net worth clients.

      Meet Our Wills Solicitors

Irwin Mitchell are a very professional, trustworthy and straightforward company to deal with. I would recommend them to anyone."

Frank Clayton, client

Frequently Asked Questions

When Do You Need To Review Your Will?

Having an up-to-date Will is essential to make sure your plans for your estate reflect your current situation and include everyone you want to include.

Its good practice to recheck your Will every five years, especially to make sure it takes into account any changes in tax regulations that might affect you.

You should also review your Will following major life changes, for example if:

  • You get married or divorced
  • Any of your beneficiaries get married or die
  • New children or grandchildren are born who you want to inherit
  • There’s a significant change in your financial circumstances
  • You come into any inheritance – this could change the value of your estate and the Inheritance Tax payable

With our Wills Assured service, standard updates are free – so you don’t have to worry about paying extra fees to keep your Will fit for purpose. Find out more.

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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

Irwin Mitchell is a leading law firm with considerable expertise in the area of wills and estates. We’ve helped thousands of clients prepare for the future with strategic estate planning.

The team frequently receives five star reviews from our customers on Trustpilot, and we’re recognised in the leading UK legal guide, including the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

We’re adept at dealing with complex estates and also handling international probate issues for clients who have assets in different countries. We also have the benefit of acting as executor for many of our clients, which allows us to bring our detailed knowledge of the probate process into our will writing services.

We pride ourselves on providing clear advice in plain English, free from jargon, and our team is always on hand to discuss any questions you have.

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Can You Help Me Change My Will?

Yes – we can help you write a new will or add a codicil to your existing will. A codicil is an addition to a Will that can amend or revoke parts of it. It can be enough if there are just one or two small changes, but if you need any substantial revisions it’s better to write a new Will to avoid confusion.

Our probate and tax experts can also check that your Will is structured in the best way for your estate and be able to advise on any amends where necessary.

Standard updates are free with our Wills Assured service.

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