Frequently Asked Questions About Wills
April 3, 2024

A Will is one of the most important legal documents you can have. Regardless of your age, relationship status or financial situation, having a well-drafted and comprehensive Will ensures that your personal assets and estate pass to the people you want to benefit from them.

However, despite the extensive benefits of having a Will, recent research reveals that over half of UK adults (51%) have not written a Will, nor are they currently in the process of writing one.

According to UK-based financial services provider Canada Life, nearly a third (30%) of those aged 55 or over do not have a Will and one in ten (9%) of those 55 or over have not made a Will and have no plans to make one.

Canada Life’s research showed that the top reason for not making a Will is a belief of not having enough assets or wealth to warrant creating one (26%).

Others feel they have plenty of time to make a Will (23%), while many UK adults avoid the topic of Wills as they don’t want to think or talk about death (15%). Some do not want to pay for a Will (14%).

A reluctance to think about your own mortality or believing that you have time on your side should not stop you from making a Will. Indeed, there is no real justification for not having a Will.

In this blog, our experienced Wills Solicitors answer some frequently asked questions about Wills.  

What is a Will?

A Will is a legal document that sets out what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death.

Having a Will is the only way you can ensure that your wishes are carried out and your loved ones are taken care of after you pass away.

Who needs a Will?

Everyone aged 18 and over needs a Will.

Regardless of your age, financial status and health, a Will is essential to ensuring that your wishes are carried out when you die. 

How do I make a Will?

Although it may be tempting to use cheap, unregulated online Will writing services, or create a DIY one at home, a Will is an important legal document and should be prepared by a specialist.

Getting an experienced Wills solicitor to write your Will has various benefits. These include:

  • Correctly drafted. Specialist Will-writing solicitors will ensure that a Will is valid and accurately reflects your wishes.  
  • Minimises the risk of disputes.Instructing a lawyer with experience in Will writing ensures it is not left open to misinterpretation, thereby reducing the risk of it being contested after your death.
  • Tailored to your needs. Wills are not one-size-fits-all. People’s circumstances differ and our assets vary. A solicitor will invest the time to get to know your situation and ensure your Will is drafted to meet your needs.
  • Better protection. Solicitors are regulated and have the necessary qualifications and training required to accurately draft a valid Will. Regulated professionals also have professional indemnity insurance, which protects against errors or negligence.
  • Part of wider estate planning. Private client solicitors can advise on other relevant steps you can take to protect you, your assets, and your loved ones, such as Lasting Powers of Attorney and Trusts.

At Bowsers, our Will writing solicitors in March and Wisbech have a wealth of knowledge in assisting clients with preparing their Wills.

We take the time to understand your circumstances and advise accordingly, ensuring your wishes are met and that your family and friends are looked after when you die.

For more information, or to speak to one of the team, please contact our experienced private client solicitors and chartered legal executives today on 01945 583194 (Wisbech) or 01354 652606 (March), or email reception@bowsers.co.uk.

Seeking the help of a specialist Wills solicitor is particularly beneficial in some circumstances. These include if:

  • You share a property with someone who is not your husband, wife or civil partner.
  • You wish to make provision for a dependant who cannot care for themselves.
  • There are family members who may make a claim on the Will, for example, a second wife or children from a first marriage.
  • Your permanent home is not in the UK.
  • You are resident in the UK and own property overseas.
  • You have your own business.

What are the benefits of a Will?

Writing a Will gives you control over what happens to your estate.

Wills provide clarity, peace of mind and protection so your loved ones know your wishes and can easily access and follow your instructions.

Some of the benefits of a Will include:

  • Ensures your estate goes to the right people.
  • Protects children and unmarried partners.
  • Saves money, time, and stress.
  • Lowers the potential for future disputes.
  • Gives clarity to arrangements for any children, pets and possessions.
  • Allows you to support your favourite causes and leave a legacy.

What happens if you die without a Will?

If you die without having created a Will, your estate will be divided according to the rules of intestacy.

Unmarried partners are not entitled to inherit under intestacy rules. Even if you live in the same property and have children together, if you are not married and your partner dies without a Will, you will not inherit.

How often should you update your Will?

You should review your Will every five years or when a change happens in your life that could have an impact on you and your loved ones, such as a marriage, birth or death, as this could affect its validity.

Wills Solicitor March and Wisbech

At Bowsers Solicitors, we help clients across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, and Lincolnshire, write and update their Wills.

Our experienced lawyers take the time to fully get to know you and your circumstances so that the Will you write accurately reflects your situation and meets your wishes.

We offer our Will writing service as part of a broader private client legal offering, which involves specialist advice on all legal issues that may affect you or your family.

Our private client legal services include specialist advice on:

To speak to a member of our team to get started with your Will or amend an existing one, please call 01945 583194 (Wisbech) or 01354 652606 (March), email reception@bowsers.co.uk or fill in this contact form.