Making a Will: Family Lawyer Edinburgh
Writing a will gives you the opportunity to communicate what you want to happen to your property, money and possessions when you die. Contact our friendly and trusted lawyers today to find out how we can help you. You can call us on 01313414990 or complete our online enquiry form.
It can be difficult to think about what will happen to their property and possessions once they die. It can be a painful thing to think about and you might feel discussing these issues with family members could upset them.
However, taking the time to write a will now can help to give you peace of mind about the future.
Our expert family lawyers work closely clients to write a will that communicates their wishes. We also provide executries support.
Cost of Making a Will
We appreciate that many people are concerned about the cost of legal services and for this reason we offer a fixed fee will package. You can read about our fixed fee packages here.
Writing a Valid Will
If a valid will is in place when you die you are said to have died testate. To be valid a will must meet certain criteria. A will must be in writing and must be signed by the testator on every page and at the bottom of the last page. The signature of the testator must also be witnessed.
Writing a valid will is the only way to communicate what you wish to happen to your property once you die. A will gives you the freedom to decide what you want to happen to your property, in accordance with the laws of succession. You might want set up a trust to benefit young members of your family or you might want to leave a possession to particular family member. You may wish to leave money for a charity that meant a lot to you. These wishes cannot be communicated without a will.
Writing a will also gives you the opportunity to appoint an executor. An executor is the person who will manage your estate when you die. They will settle debts, create a valuation of your estate and distribute the estate to your beneficiaries in accordance with succession law. You may find comfort in knowing that this task will be carried out by a person of your own choosing.
Updating Your Will
Things change over time and many people who have a will in place wish to make an alteration or add a new instruction. Our expert solicitors can help you to update or revoke a will you already have in place.
Why Write A Will?
There are many benefits attached to writing a will, including:
- A will allows you to specify exactly what you want to happen to your possessions after you die.
- If you die without making a will, the laws of intestacy will see our estate split up according to strict rules. Writing a will allows you to leave something to someone outside of your close family.
- You can decide who you want to become the guardian of your children in the case that you should die when they are young.
- You can create a trust to benefit your children until they are old enough to manage the money themselves.
- You can take advantage of various strategies to reduce the estate’s liability to income tax. This can help to provide the maximum inheritance to the ones you love.
- A family member’s death can be an extremely difficult time. Sadly, this can often be a time of disagreement and argument within a family. Writing a will is the best thing you can do to make it clear to your family what your wishes were and could help to reduce future uncertainties.
- Having a will in place can allow your estate to be wound up faster than it would have been without a will. This could help to save your family added distress at this time.
What Happens if You Die Without A Will?
A person who dies without leaving a valid will is said to be intestate. This means that their estate will be distributed according to the laws of intestacy. If a person dies intestate, the courts will appoint someone to be the executor of your estate.
Expert Will Writing: Family Lawyers Edinburgh
Writing a will is the only way to express what you want to happen to your property and possessions after you die.
Contact out solicitors today on 01313414990 or complete our online enquiry form.