Why Do I Need A Will?
Why making a Will is important
So you are considering making a Will – good for you.
A Will protects your loved ones, especially any partner or children and so writing a Will is one of the most important things you can do.
It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive to get a Will. Using Legal Wills Direct online Will writing service can take less than 10-minutes and costs are from £39.
It couldn’t be simpler to get a Will.
Benefits of writing a Will
If you die without a Will there are strict rules on how the assets are distributed. Depending on your circumstances this can be that ‘The Crown’ gets all of your estate.
More commonly though your estate is split and shared amongst a number of blood relatives. In leaving a Will you can ensure that the people you want to inherit do so.
This is especially important if you have children, are unmarried, separated or in a same sex relationship – as it is very likely that without a Will your estate will not go to the people you would wish it to.
It's easy to put off making a will. But if you die without a Will your assets may be distributed according to the law rather than your wishes. This could mean that your partner receives less, or that the money goes to family members who may not need it.
Not Married? Living Together? – You need a Will NOW!
If you aren't married or registered civil partners, you won't automatically get a share of your partner's estate if they die without making a will.
If they haven't provided for you in some other way, your only option is to make a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
To make a claim you must have a particular type of relationship with the deceased, such as child, spouse, civil partner, dependant or cohabitee.
Bear in mind that if you were living with the deceased as a partner but weren't married or in a civil partnership, you'll need to show that you've been 'maintained either wholly or partly by the deceased' - this can be difficult to prove if you've both contributed to your life together.
You need to make a claim within six months of the date of the Grant of Letters of Administration.
This is quite a complicated area and a claim may not succeed.
Taking 10-minutes to write your Will online with Legal Wills Direct now, will save a lot of time, worry and expense – giving both you and your partner peace of mind. Ensuring your loved one receives what you would have liked them to receive.
Child Trust or Children’s Trust
If you have a child or children it is also vitally important you get a Will.
In writing your Will you can indicate who looks after the child or children (Guardians) .
You can create a ‘Trust’ within your last Will and testament and appoint trusted friends or relatives to look after any money until the child or children are old enough to be responsible for themselves.
How to get a Will
Legal Wills Direct aim to make getting a Will easy and low cost.
We are passionate that everyone should be protected by writing a Will. Especially as we often have to deal with relatives of people who died without making a Will – and their hurt and upset.
Using our online Will writing service takes about 10-minutes and is very straightforward.
Cost of writing a Will is fixed – with no hidden costs for ‘binding’ or ‘posting’ your Will
We do not offer storage – another hidden cost
We offer you the chance to get a Will, easily, at a fixed price.
Your Will – written and posted for £49
A Will for you and one for your partner (2 Wills) – written and posted for £78
There are many reasons why you need a Will.
Ask yourself - who is best placed to decide:
- Who gets your house?
- How your money should be shared and managed?
- Who looks after your children?
A Will legally indicates your wishes.
If you die without a Will:
- Your personal bank accounts are frozen (including 'Joint Accounts')
- The Courts decide the fate of any children
On average this takes 2 years to sort out compared with a matter of weeks with a Will.
A Will provides peace of mind for you and your loved ones.
Keep the things you love, with the people you love.
Why choose Legal Will Direct?
Why haven’t you got a Will before now?
Probably because, like most people without a Will, you couldn’t find the time, didn’t know how or were worried about the cost?
We make it easy -
Complete our online questionnaire (this takes about 10 minutes)
A specialist Will Writer will check all the information you have entered
We then create a 'bound' professional Will
Delivered to your door
All for a fixed cost.
What other things should I consider when choosing a Will writing service?
Other Will writing companies advertise a price for writing the Will and then try and charge extra for ‘binding’ the Will or even posting it to you - our price includes the full professional service of delivering the Wills to your door.
Other Will writing companies will try and charge you for 'storage' of your Will. We don’t think you need to pay us to ‘store’ your Will - you can either keep it safe yourself or keep it with your house deeds at the bank. We don’t offer storage ourselves - just a full professional Will writing service.
If you really do wish to store your Will, we can ensure it is stored securely for a one off fee of £49
DIY Wills - There are many internet sites that will sell you a 'DIY' Will. Consider if you have the time to write it? Are you confident you won’t make a mistake that in the future could cost you dearly? Would you buy or sell a house and trust DIY paperwork?
Other Will writing companies will insert themselves into your Will as Executors or Trustees. This is normally free to you, but they will charge an administration fee when carrying out the duties and this can run into thousands of pounds.
Keep the things you love with the people you love … use Legal Wills Direct, a professional Will writing service.