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 Legal Matters
Will services for couples provides saving on fees
Regional solicitors Holmes & Hills now offers a Will writing service which provides couples with a saving of between 17% and 21% on legal
fees, when making Mirror Wills at the same time. Married couples, long-term partners and cohabiting couples all benefit from the saving.
Why make a Will at all?
Quite simply, if you do not make a Will the law says who inherits your estate. Most people assume that everything would pass automatically to their partner, but this is not necessarily so and certainly if you are not married or in a civil partnership, they will have no automatic right to inherit any part of your estate. Your estate may pass to the person or persons you would not want to inherit. It may result in financial hardship for your loved ones or an expensive court action.
Making a Will ensures that the people you want to benefit when you die receive your estate. Holmes & Hills Solicitors are experienced to be able to draft a Will that is tailor-made to meet your specific requirements.
We appreciate that some couples have ‘simple’ arrangements whilst for others
their affairs may be more ‘complex’. Whatever your specific circumstances, Holmes & Hills Solicitors will be able to assist you.
Couples often wish to receive advice as follows:
n How to update an existing Will
n How to provide for young children n How to plan for future care needs
n How to leave business interests
n How to provide for a disabled child or adult
n What steps they should take if choosing to leave out a beneficiary from their Will
n Provide for children from a former relationship
n How to protect your contribution to the purchase price of a property when you live with someone else*
n How to give away an inheritance in a tax efficient manner**
What if you have children from a previous relationship?
Making a Will is very important for couples who may have children from previous relationships and want to ensure that their money will pass to their own family. This can be a sensitive issue between couples – but it doesn’t have to be so. It is possible to
draft a Will making sure that your spouse/partner is provided for in the event of your death and ensuring that ultimately your family will inherit your estate.
No better time to make a Will – save up to 21%
Married couples, long-term couples and civil partners all save between 17-21% when making Mirror Wills, with the exact saving being subject to the complexity of the affairs. You will be advised of this at an initial meeting.
There really is ‘no time like the present’ for you and your partner to make your Wills. Even if you have already made a Will, it might be a good idea to review it and see if it still meets all your requirements and accurately reflects your wishes. It doesn’t matter if Holmes & Hills did not draft your existing Will, we are still able to advise you and prepare a new one should you wish.
To talk to a local lawyer about making or updating your Will, call Holmes & Hills Solicitors on 01787 275275 and ask to speak with Deborah Abbott or Dean Stanhope. *Declaration of Trust
**Deed of Variation
Couples save 17%-21% when making Mirror Wills at the same time.

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