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Making a will is probably one of the most important things you will do. A will can give you the peace of mind that once you are gone, your family and loved ones will be looked after exactly how you planned.
Our wills solicitors are sensitive, approachable and straightforward. We provide a personal service and work with you to put together a will written specifically for you.
We know that many people put off making a will, feeling that it may be scary and complicated.
We work hard to make the process as easy for you as possible. We can act for you wherever you are and can have almost all meetings with you via video call.
Of course, the option is still there to meet us in one of our Leeds offices if you would prefer.
Call us on 0800 988 7756 or book an appointment below.
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How can our wills writing solicitors help you with your will?
No matter your age, marital status, whether you have children or own a home, we recommend that every adult should have a professionally prepared will. We can meet with you and provide personalised advice on your will.
If required, our wills solicitors can give you technical advice to help you minimise inheritance tax and create complex wills involving shares, property abroad and trusts.
We will write your will, and provide advice on signing the will, what it means, and practicalities like storing your will. In fact, we can store your will for you.
It does not cost a lot to make a will, and the benefit can be invaluable.
Leaving a gift to charity in your will
By leaving a gift to charity in your will, not only can you help a good cause, but you may be able to avoid or reduce Inheritance Tax. Our solicitors for wills have been advising clients on charitable giving for many years. We also work closely with several charitable organisations and local hospices.
Updating your will
Over the years, your position may change. You may get married, get divorced, have children or buy a property. We recommend that you review your will every five years, and when any major life changes take place.
You may even want to consider adding a codicil, which is a legal document used to make changes or additions to an existing will. It must be executed with the same formalities as a will and should be kept with the original will.
Having an up to date will can give you peace of mind. We offer a free service for reviewing a will. No matter who wrote your will, we can review it for you at no cost.
We will let you know whether you need to update your will or even make a new one. Book an appointment today for a free will review with one of our wills solicitors.
Why choose our solicitors to make your will?
Our team is made up of specialist wills solicitors with many years of experience. Andrew Milburn is a member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and is a fully accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly. All of our solicitors are Dementia Friends.
We are delighted that our team have been nationally recognised as experts in their field. We were awarded Highly Commended in the Private Client Team of the Year – Wills and Probate in the Modern Law Private Client Awards 2023. And are proud winners of the prestigious Private Client Team of the Year – Boutique at the British Wills and Probate Awards 2023.
Our team are knowledgeable, experienced and sympathetic. We will give you friendly and practical advice and draft a will personal to you.
Here for you, wherever you are
We have offices in Leeds, Leeds North (Moortown) and London. However, we can make your will for you wherever you are. We can have meetings with you by telephone or video call if it is more convenient than coming into the office.
As well as online meetings, we have an online portal so that you can provide us with all the information we need to write your will.
We know life is busy, so to make life easier for you, we offer out of hours appointments to our wills clients. You can meet with us until 8pm on a Wednesday.
Call us today on 0800 988 7756 for a FREE initial discussion with our specialist wills solicitors. Our telephone lines are open 8.30am – 9pm, seven days a week.
Alternatively, book an appointment online.
We know that making a will can feel daunting, so we have answered some Frequently Asked Questions about making a will.
Why should I make a will?
Making a will ensures that you decide what happens to your estate after your death. By making a will you can:
- Choose your executors (people appointed to deal with your estate after your death)
- Choose your beneficiaries (people or charities that will receive your estate)
- Appoint guardians to look after any young children and appoint trustees to look after the children’s inheritance
- Plan to reduce your estate’s Inheritance Tax liability
- Help to avoid disputes after your death by clearly setting out what is to happen to your estate
- Protect assets against being used to pay for future care.
What happens if I die without making a will?
If you die without making a will (intestate), your estate will be distributed according to the Intestacy Rules. This means that the people you may want to inherit your property, may miss out.
Likewise, someone you may prefer not to inherit, may become a beneficiary of your estate. For information on what would happen to your estate if you died without making a will, take our quick quiz.
Do I need a solicitor to make a will?
In short, no, but we would always advise instructing a solicitor to write a will.
An experienced solicitor will give you advice on your personal circumstances. A solicitor will also ensure that your will meets all the formalities to ensure that it is valid.
For more information, please visit our blog on ‘Why should I use a solicitor to make a will’.
Who should I appoint as my executor?
You can name anyone you want to act as an executor. However, you may want to bear in mind that the executors will be the ones dealing with your estate after your death.
It is a responsibility that you may only want to give to certain people and it usually makes sense to appoint two or three executors.
We suggest that you choose people who are trustworthy and who have a good sense of judgement.
Will my will become invalid after I divorce?
Your will remains valid after a divorce. However, any provisions for your ex-spouse will stop applying.
We would advise that you review your will and draw up a new one once you are in the process of obtaining a divorce.
What should I consider when making a will?
When making a will consider appointing an executor to carry out your wishes, ensuring it is properly witnessed and signed, clearly stating your beneficiaries, reviewing and updating it regularly, and seeking legal advice to ensure compliance with the law.
What is the best age to make a will?
There isn’t a specific “best age” to make a will but it is generally recommended to create one as soon as you have assets, dependents, or specific wishes to be addressed.
It’s advisable to consult with a legal professional to determine the appropriate timing based on your individual circumstances.
Do I need a will if I have life insurance?
Having life insurance does not replace the need for a will. A will allows you to specify how you want your assets, including life insurance proceeds, to be distributed after your death.
It ensures your wishes are honoured and can address other important matters beyond insurance coverage.
Who keeps the original copy of a will in the UK?
We recommend that you do not keep the original will yourself. It is generally recommended to keep the original copy of a will in a safe and accessible place.
You can choose to store it yourself, use a solicitor, or utilise a professional will storage service. If you instruct Levi Solicitors, we can store your original will for you. This is included in the price of the will.
Inform your executor or loved ones about its location to ensure it can be easily found when needed.
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What Our Clients Say
Mrs B, Leeds
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you wholeheartedly for everything you have done for us as a family to conclude this case in such sad circumstances. You have been an utter professional to deal with and wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to anyone! A big thank you also to Julie and your team, as they are the ones who support you daily in doing such an amazing job!"
Mr I, Leeds
"Following the usual experiences moving home where we were helped enormously by Nicola at Levis we decided our Wills needed rewriting and contacted Andrew. Again the service provided was very comfortable and efficient and very quickly the whole process was completed very much to our satisfaction. Thank you both for all your help."
Mr G, Leeds
"We had instructed Andrew Milburn to help us to sort out two new Wills as well as taking over our Will from another firm of Solicitors. Andrew also helped us to sort out a Power of Attorney. We found his attention to detail very comprehensive and he was approachable at all times to discuss anything we needed clarification on. His secretary Julie was also extremely approachable. His fees were very reasonable and in all honesty, we would definitely instruct Andrew again and would not hesitate to recommend him to others."
Mrs H, Leeds
"I have really appreciated the excellent level of service. Andrew was highly professional but at the same time helpful and friendly. I felt he was good at balancing a personal approach with the need to get matters completed in a reasonable time."
Mr & Mrs B, Bradford
"Brilliant service! My wife and I were keen to update/re do our wills, having spoken to Andrew Milburn with our ideas he came up with additional ideas that we could incorporate for complete peace of mind. The costings were clear, fair and in my opinion reasonable for the quality of will construction that we received. We were updated regularly on progress right through to completion. I would certainly recommend Levi Solicitors based on our experiences."
Mr H, Leeds
"Very professional with a great team always available to run through questions and very good service."
Mr R, Leeds
"Throughout the process their communication was excellent and were very proactive with the objective to complete the documents."