noW IS ALWAYS THE BEST TIME TO MAKE A WILL

The number of people without a will in the UK is at an all-time high. Around 60% of UK adults still haven't made a will*, that's around 31 million people. If you pass away without a will in place, it is called dying intestate.

Having a will means that you can decide who to leave your money, property and possessions to after you die. If you die without a will, the law says who receives what. It may also mean that the beneficiaries of your will pay less Inheritance Tax on your estate.

Whether you think your will is straightforward or complicated, it's important to get specialist advice from will solicitors.

This is where Alexander & Co fit in. Based in Derby, our will solicitors provide advice both at the point of drafting and executing a will.

Every will we make is specifically tailored to the individual making it. Whether your circumstances are straightforward or complicated, our experts can advise you on the issues that are important to you.

 

*Source: research from Unbiased.co.uk

A will to suit your circumstances

There are various kinds of wills, any of which may suit your particular circumstances and requirements:

  • A simple will, to a single beneficiary or to children when they attain a specified age.
  • Mirror wills, often made by married couples whereby they each leave their estate to the other.
  • Property trust wills – where a couple ensure that a part of their property passes to their beneficiaries even if the survivor of them requires residential care.
  • Discretionary trust wills - a trust is created within the will and assets can be managed by trustees for the benefit of the beneficiaries.

In your will, you will appoint executors. Executors are responsible for administering your estate and may be trusted friends or relatives. Alternatively, you may instruct Alexander & Co to act in this capacity, either solely or jointly with a friend or relative.

It is often also important to appoint guardians for your children in your will, to ensure your children are cared for if you die before they become adults.

We address our clients' concerns regarding issues such as estranged family members, potential challenges to your will, inheritance tax, residential care fees, disabled beneficiaries and trusts.

We are happy to visit you at home for your convenience.

Why choose us as your will solicitors?

We are one of very few will solicitors nationally to hold the Law Society's Wills and Inheritance Quality (WIQS) accreditation.

We follow the best practice procedures to meet the highest standards of technical expertise and client service in providing tailored wills and probate advice to consumers.

    We address our clients' concerns regarding issues such as estranged family members, potential challenges to your will, inheritance tax, residential care fees, disabled beneficiaries and trusts.

    We are happy to visit you at home for your convenience.

    1. We will not pressure you into buying more complex advice that is not in your best interests.
    2. Our dedicated wills and probate service is tailored to your needs. We will explain the process, options, costs and likely timescales.
    3. We will keep you up-to-date using your preferred method of communication.
    4. Accredited solicitors and other members of our team complete mandatory training on the WIQS standard and show compliance through annual re-accreditation and ongoing enforcement checks by the Law Society.

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    The importance of making a will cannot be underestimated if you want your estate to pass to the right people when you die.

    Our will solicitor Tim Dysterre-Clark and our Wills and Probate Executive Andrea Gilman at our offices in Derby and Spondon will provide you with advice and assistance in all aspects of making your will.

    To contact our team please email Tim, TDC@AandCo.co.uk or Andrea, AG@AandCo.co.uk, or use the "Contact us" page.