Wills

An expert service to help you ensure the security of future generations.

Estate planning starts with making a Will, an important step that can later help families at a difficult and painful time by avoiding the added stress of dealing with legal complications.

At Weightmans, we understand that each individual's circumstances are unique and pride ourselves on preparing Wills suited to your particular needs.

Our expertise includes:

  • Drafting Wills at all levels of complexity
  • Inheritance tax planning through Wills
  • Protecting the rights of cohabitees
  • Wealth protection and trust creation for different family members and future generations

Our Wills team is well placed to help even where there's already a Will in place. It's vital that Wills are reviewed regularly to take into account changes in both circumstances and the law. It's also important to review Wills after marriage or divorce, or where there are children from a previous relationship.

Inheritance tax planning and Will drafting often go hand in hand, but Wills aren't all about money. They also deal with issues such as funeral arrangements, nominating guardians for young children and the distribution of personal possessions.

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.

Unmarried couples and Wills - know your rights

Although it is often thought that “common law” spouses have the same rights as married couples, this is manifestly untrue when it comes to passing on…

Richard Bate
Richard Bate Partner
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Family lawyer warns cohabiting couples must protect themselves where the law does not

A leading family law expert has urged cohabiting couples to assess their risk to financial loss in the face of relationship breakdown.

Fiona Turner
Fiona Turner Partner

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Changing circumstances – reviewing your Will

When your child leaves home, the change is felt throughout the family. This is the perfect time to take stock and focus on your own life and…

Shahida Jogi
Shahida Jogi Associate

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The press and the Forsyth saga

It recently hit the headlines that the late Bruce Forsyth left all his Estate to his wife "in order to avoid inheritance tax".


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Law Commission Consultation on Modernising Wills

The Law Commission for England & Wales has launched a consultation into modernising the law surrounding Wills which it describes as 'largely…


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Updating the test for testamentary capacity to make a will

The law concerning the mental capacity to make a will needs to be brought up to date, according to a Law Commission consultation published last week.

Richard Bate
Richard Bate Partner

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Your business: what happens upon death?

Many business owners will have put in place a Will dealing with their personal estate upon death, however currently over half of small business owners…

Doris Raggatt Solicitor

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IHT changes – residence nil rate band

From 6 April 2017, there will be an additional inheritance tax free 'residence nil rate band' available. This will begin at £100,000 in the tax year…

Richard Bate
Richard Bate Partner

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