Making a Will

Your dedicated lawyer will guide you through your Will

Your dedicated lawyer will guide you through your Will

What should you consider when making a Will?

Making a Will ensures that when you die, your estate is dealt with according to your wishes. 

Our Wills specialists have worked with thousands of clients to ensure their families are provided for and that their wishes are acted upon as planned.

Why should you make a Will?

By making a Will, you can ensure your property and affairs are dealt with in accordance with your wishes, and that any specific intentions you have for your home, money or possessions are carried through efficiently after your death and that your loved ones are provided for in a tax-efficient way.

So whether you’re writing a new Will, or updating your current one, we’ll work with you to tailor our service to best meet your needs.

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Popular questions about making a Will

In many situations, people make assumptions about how their estate will be distributed on their death and therefore don’t make a Will. We strongly advise against this as the ‘Intestacy Rules’ that come into play, in the event no will has been prepared, are very strict.

Having a Will is a good way of protecting children. Should the parents die prior to their eighteenth birthday, this is their opportunity to appoint a Guardian’ to take care of their child(ren).

Making a Will is also particularly important if you are in a relationship, living together or if you have remarried and there are biological and/or stepchildren who should benefit from your estate. They won’t necessarily benefit under ‘Intestacy’ so you will need to make provisions for this.

If you should be separating from your partner or spouse, you should review any existing Will, or make a new Will, particularly if there are children involved. Divorce does not revoke a Will. The Will remains valid but no gifts to your former spouse take effect.

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.

The more information on the rules of intestacy, please click here.

Creating a Will yourself or through an online provider might look like a favourable option in terms of costs, however we’d strongly advise against this. Having a solicitor to draw up your Will means it is very flexible in terms of the Executors that are chosen, they are prepared in accordance with what you want, and then stored safely and securely.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the accuracy of the Will can be guaranteed. It is easy to make ambiguous statements or even errors when constructing your own Will, which could lead to stress for a grieving family and even huge expense in correcting them upon your death. 

It’s important to keep your Will updated to ensure it continues to reflect your circumstances. Any changes in your personal circumstances should trigger the review of your Will such as getting married or divorced.

We’re happy to look at your personal circumstances to ensure your Will is still reflecting your wishes. Contact us today.

For absolute certainty that your instructions will be carried out in accordance with your wishes contact us today.

Goughs Solicitors have many years of experience to draw on in the preparation of Wills.

For more information on making a Will, please click here.

Moreover, for further information on how to sign your Will, please click here.

In England and Wales, our legal system enshrines testamentary freedom. This means that as citizens we are entitled to leave our estate to whomever we please and we are not ‘forced’ to pass our estate on to our children, dependants or the state. For more information on excluding someone from your Will, please click here.

If you have children under the age of 18, you should consider appointing a guardian for them in your Will. For more information, please click here.

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Your Wills team

Catherine Cole

Associate Private Client Practitioner

Following a career in hospitality, Catherine began working in private client law in 2002. She joined Goughs in 2017 and within 2 years she was promoted to an Associate

Maxine Coles

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Maxine specialises in Private Client work, with much of her work being in elderly client care. She has a natural empathy towards clients in what can often be distressing situations.

Samantha Pettersen

Solicitor

Samantha joined Goughs as a Solicitor in 2020. Samantha has been practicing in Private Client law since 2018, and loves the personal interaction with clients and being able to help them with difficult personal and emotional circumstances.

Annie James

Solicitor

Annie qualified as a Private Client solicitor in 2016 and joined Goughs in February 2020. She specialises in the preparation of Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, preparation and administration of Trusts, and the administration of Estates. Annie prides herself on taking the time to really understand the needs and priorities of her clients.

Rochelle Graham

Solicitor

Rochelle qualified as a Private Client solicitor in September 2019 after gaining valuable experience in the Private Client team. She is now a year qualified and continues to develop and further her knowledge of Private client work.

Luchia Hirst

Associate Solicitor

Luchia has been practicing Private Client law for close to 8 years, and really enjoys the client contact and hands-on nature of this area of practice.

Dawn Moir

Partner (TEP)

Dawn joined in 2003 and became a partner in 2004. Whilst Dawn supports her team with all aspects of estate planning and estate administration, her particular areas of expertise are later life planning & support, and trust creation & administration, including all things tax.

Phillip Bolton

Partner & Head of Private Wealth

Phillip is a Partner and Head of the Private Wealth Team at the firm. His practice encompasses all aspects of private client work, with a particular interest in complex Wills, wealth preservation, tax mitigation, and estate planning.

Emma Taylor

Partner & Head of Private Client

Emma began her life at Goughs in 2008 as a Solicitor. Now, with over 15 years of experience, she is a Partner and Head of the Private Client Department. Emma deals with all areas of Private Client work but has a particular interest in Trusts and Complex Property Ownership.

Trish Watkins

Senior Associate (CILEx)

As a Private Client lawyer, Trish always had a strong empathy for the elderly and vulnerable and prides herself in being able to engage with them and support them through what can be very difficult times.

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