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| Why do I need a will?

We spend our lives working to provide for ourselves and our loved ones. You may have a house or flat (in the UK or overseas), shares, savings, investments as well as your personal possessions.

All of these assets are your ‘estate’. Making a will ensures that when you die your estate is shared according to your wishes.

We understand that people don’t like thinking about death and the effects it has on those left behind. However, making a will could be the best way for you to protect and care for your loved ones after your death. We would advise everybody to have an up to date, professionally made will so they can control what happens to their estate. This is especially important for new parents and those starting a new family.

Why not check out our short post on the top reasons to make a will?

Our wills glossary contains thorough definitions of any legal terminology you may came across.

| What happens if I die without a will?

If you die without a valid will, you have no say in what happens to your estate.

Instead, the ‘intestacy rules’ will divide your estate in a pre-determined way. Unfortunately, this means that the people who you wished to benefit are left out.

  • If you live with someone, even if you are married, are in a civil partnership or have step-children, they may not automatically inherit your estate.
  • There is no such thing as a common law spouse when it comes to inheritance. If you are not married or in a civil partnership, your partner will not inherit anything unless you specify this in your will.
  • Good estate planning may help to protect your assets against care home fees.
  • A will can allow you to choose who will look after your children and their inheritance after your death.
  • Good estate planning may help to vastly reduce your estate’s inheritance tax liability.
  • The legal costs of an inheritance dispute can cost the estate tens of thousands of pounds. A professionally made will can reduce the risk of a dispute occurring after your death.

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Andrew Milburn

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T. 0113 297 3181
E. amilburn@levisolicitors.co.uk

Andrew is Head of Wills, Probate and Trusts and has experience in a wide range of areas of private client work. Andrew is a Dementia Friend, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) as well as Solicitors for the Elderly.

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We offer a FREE consultation. Call our wills, probate and trusts team now on 0800 988 7756 or submit an enquiry.

With offices in Leeds (central and north), WakefieldBradfordManchester and London, we can bring our experience and knowledge to your case, no matter where you are.