Have you ever considered reviewing your will after signing it? At RP Crawford & Co Solicitors Mr Robert Crawford is an expert at drafting wills and dealing with the estate of a loved one following their death.

With more than 40 years’ experience in the area of wills and estate planning, he advises on the importance of keeping your will under review and ensuring all your wishes are clearly listed.

When should you review your will?

Your will is a legal document that states your intentions for the distribution of your assets following your death. While it is important to make a will, it is equally important to review your will and ensure it reflects what you want it to say, particularly if significant life events occur that impact it, such as:

  • Someone named in your will dies
  • You have children or grandchildren
  • Changes in relationships such as marriage or divorce
  • Changes in a beneficiary or executors circumstances
  • Retirement which perhaps leads to a change in estate planning
  • If you or a family member has to move to a care home, this may impact your future decisions
  • Changes in your assets such as buying property, purchasing a first home, expanding a property portfolio or inheriting property or land
  • Equally if you sell property or land, you may need to adjust your will
  • The size of your estate changes impacting inheritance tax planning

 

What information does a solicitor require when preparing a will?

Your solicitor will request the following information from you:

  • All the assets you wish to include in your will, this includes property, land, savings, investments, vehicles etc
  • The details of who you wish to have these assets after you die
  • Details of any children and family members, inclusive of any step children or adopted children you may have
  • Other wishes you may want to include, perhaps funeral plans

 

Using an experienced lawyer to write your will

It is advisable to seek the advice of a suitably qualified solicitor to write your will or prepare a draft that you have drawn up. A solicitor will ensure that your will is professionally and accurately prepared, ensuring that everything is arranged for those you leave behind. Making a will without a solicitor can result in mistakes or things being over looked, particularly if your finances are complicated or you have several beneficiaries.

If legal requirements are not followed, your will may be completely invalid. It is also important to ensure the correct people witness your will. A solicitor will advise on this and ensure that all matters concerning the will are dealt with.

At RP Crawford & Co Solicitors, Mr Robert Crawford possesses a wealth of experience and knowledge in writing wills. He specialises in helping families ensure that the Estate can be administered with the best possible advice offered in an approachable manner.

The services we offer include:

  • Complete will writing inclusive of:
    • Free initial consultation with a qualified solicitors to discuss preparation of a new will or reviewing an existing will
    • Drafting your will according to your instructions
    • Consultation to review and sign will

To arrange an initial consultation, please contact us on 028 9038 1024, email enquiries@rpcrawfordsolicitors.com or complete our online confidential enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch with you.