Frequently Asked Questions –
Private Client

Do you have questions about Wills, Probate, or Lasting Powers of Attorney?

Explore some of the most frequently asked questions we encounter below.

Wills FAQs

What is a Will?

A Will is an important legal document that specifies what happens to your assets, such as your money, property and possessions after your death.

Having a valid Will ensures your wishes are followed and your loved ones are taken care of after you die.

Who needs a Will?

Everyone over the age of 18 should have a Will.

Regardless of your age, financial situation and health, a Will is essential to ensuring that your wishes are carried out after you pass away.

What should I include in a Will?

  1. Your Will must consider every aspect of your life. A properly drafted Will should include information about:

    • Who will administer your estate when you die.
    • Who will be the guardian of your children (if they are minors).
    • Your wishes regarding your funeral.
    • Who will benefit from your estate.
    • Any protection for vulnerable beneficiaries.

    Any tax payable on your estate and who is liable to pay it.

What are the benefits of a Will?

A Will gives you control over what happens to your estate and provides clarity, peace of mind and protection for you and your loved ones.

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.

How do I make a Will?

Attempting to make a Will yourself by using a DIY template found online can be dangerous and lead to issues further down the line.

You should always use a specialist solicitor for Wills who will ensure the document is drafted correctly and accurately reflects your wishes.

At Bowsers Solicitors, from our offices in Wisbech and March, we support the local community of Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Lincolnshire with high-quality legal advice.

To speak to one of our friendly and professional Will writing solicitors or chartered legal executives today, please call 01945 583194 (Wisbech) or 01354 652606 (March), or email reception@bowsers.co.uk.

Alternatively, you can fill in our contact form.

What happens if you die without a Will?

If someone dies without a Will, their estate will be divided according to the rules of intestacy. These rules set out how an estate should be distributed according to a strict hierarchy.

Unmarried partners are not entitled to inherit under intestacy rules.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as ‘common law spouse’. Even if you have children together and live in the same house, if you are not married or in a civil partnership and one of you dies without a Will, your partner will not inherit.

How often should you update your Will?

You should review your Will every three to five years or when a significant change happens in your life that could have an impact on you and your loved ones.

Life events that should trigger a Will update include:

  • If you buy a property.
  • If you have children.
  • If you start a new business.
  • Marriage
  • Separation or divorce.
  • If you enter into a cohabitation agreement.
  • If you move overseas.
  • The death of a loved one.

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