Professional, friendly and compassionate Will writing and estate planning experts
We all know that the day will come when we are no longer here; thinking about what will happen and talking about our wishes can be a very emotive experience. At Freedom Wills we aim to put you at ease, give clear, personalised advice and produce high-quality documents that you can be confident will do the job. We take making a Will very seriously, but also like to make the process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible!
Our Will specialists are members of the Society of Will Writers (SWW) and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). This means that we must be fully insured, have regular training and abide by the Societies' codes of conduct.
Whether you are looking to keep things simple or have more complex estate planning needs, we can help.
Why do I need a Will?
Making a Will is the only way for you to choose how your assets would be distributed after you've gone. Not only that, but there are a number of other important decisions to be made when making a Will. Getting the best advice and a professionally written Will ensures that your wishes are carried out and your loved ones looked after. We have outlined below some of the important elements that need to be considered when making a Will:
Executors and trustees - these are trusted individuals, or professionals, who are legally responsible for ensuring that your wishes are carried out. Trustees will manage any trusts in your Will, ensuring that assets are protected for the beneficiaries.
Guardians - possibly the most important consideration for parents of young children; who would you want to look after your children if both of their parents were to die? We talk you through your options with regards to how your assets can be looked after for your children, whilst also offering financial support to the guardians.
Pets - pets are part of the family, so it's important to consider who would be the best person to look after them after you've gone.
Inheritance Tax - depending on the value of your estate, IHT of 40% may be due on some of your assets when you die. We help you to understand what your liability might be, how this may be mitigated and tell you if specialist advice is needed.
Business - it is vital to ensure that your business can continue to run as smoothly as possible and that your business assets can pass to your intended beneficiaries, without conflicting with any articles of association or partnership agreements etc.
What would happen if I don't have a Will?
Click here for a short client story video and explanation of the Laws of Intestacy.
What does it cost to make a Will?
This can vary depending on the size and complexity of your estate, but our fees are charged at a flat rate, agreed with you before we proceed. This means you can be confident that there are no hidden or additional costs. The list below will give you an idea of the kind of costs you can expect when making a Will with us, and there is no VAT to pay. :
Single Will - £200
Mirror Wills for a couple - £300
Trust Wills - from £350 (single) or £450 (mirror)
WHAT DOES THE PROCESS INVOLVE?
- Initial telephone consultation – we’ll call you for a brief discussion about your requirements and to arrange an appointment
- Appointment confirmation email – this will include our terms of business, full list of fees, information to think about and a letter, confirming our meeting
- Will and LPA consultation – usually lasting between 1.5 and 2.5 hours, we’ll discuss your requirements, offer advice and take instructions for your Wills and/or Lasting Powers of Attorney, either at your home or via a Zoom video call
- Draft documents – your documents will be sent to you to check and ensure you are happy with the contents. If any changes are needed, please let us know and we’ll be happy to do this
- Attestation – your documents will either be posted to you, with clear instructions as to how they should be signed and witnessed, or we will arrange a time to deliver your documents and supervise the attestation, in person
- Keeping your documents safe - we offer professional document storage for a small annual fee. Includes free, simple changes to your Will/s and online registration with Certainty the National Will Register. Click here to find out more.
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