What is a will?

A will is a document which reflects your wishes when you die to ensure that your money, property and possessions are distributed to those you care about. Without a will, you will die ‘intestate’ and your assets distributed according to the ‘intestacy rules’ which may result in a different outcome to that which you intended.

Surprisingly, over 60% of adults in the UK do not currently have a will despite its importance. Many people form the view they will ‘sort it out later’ or they do not want to contemplate death, however at Scott Rees we prefer to think of it as simply protecting your loved ones. It can also create comfort and certainty for your family and friends at a very difficult and emotional time, and may speed up the process of distributing your assets.

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A will should generally be reviewed every 5 years and should always be done after a major life event. It should be written and signed correctly otherwise it may be deemed invalid.

We can offer a contactless legal service for will writing and probate.

At Scott Rees & Co we have the expertise to provide you with tailored advice on all aspects of wills to ensure that your wishes are met. You will be given a dedicated case handler and our client reviews are testament to the quality services we provide at Scott Rees & Co. We can also advise on related areas such as Powers of Attorney, Inheritance Tax and Probate disputes.

Here are some of the most common questions that we normally get asked. If you have any other questions about will writing, feel free to contact us and we’ll be more than happy to help you.

Frequently asked questions

Yes but we do not advise it, because a will must comply with various legal rules otherwise it would be invalid and unenforceable. This could mean the assets of the estate going to individuals the deceased would not have intended. Considering it is not expensive to have a solicitor create a will for you, it really is not worth the risk of it going wrong.

For a simple will we charge £130.00 inclusive of VAT, or £185.00 inclusive of VAT for mirror wills, such as for you and your partner. Additional fees will apply where further terms need to be included or where the will is more complex.

We always advise that your will should be kept in a safe place and that your loved ones should be aware of its location. If you choose not to keep the original in your possessions we can discuss using our storage facility if you wish. Alternatively you could store the will with the Probate Service or with an online storage company.

The role of an executor is to take responsibility for the estate which is likely to include obtaining probate, dealing with debts of the estate, distributing any assets and paying any inheritance tax which may be due.

Yes you can. If you believe that the will in question is invalid or that you have not been provided for, you can lodge a Caveat to ensure the Grant of Probate is not released by the Registry until the dispute has been settled. Alternatively if the Grant has been issued you then have 6 months in which to bring a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.

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Will writing experts

We have a will writing and probate department where our specialist solicitors can dedicate their time and effort into delivering a first class service to you.

We are accredited by the Law Society and fully regulated with audits on a yearly basis to ensure that our high standards are kept.

Although Scott Rees & Co are based in Newton-le-Willows, you do not need to be local to us to use our services as we are a national solicitor firm. We can provide this service to you just by sending letters, emails and phone calls only. On the off chance we need to meet face to face, we are fully prepared to travel to you (provided you live in England or Wales).

What are our costs?

We do not promote ourselves as the cheapest will-writing service in England and Wales, but we firmly believe that what you pay for is what you get. The quality of service that we deliver will be personal to you and you will not be disappointed.

Our will writing service is provided by a team headed by Sarah Smyth, who has over 20 years of legal experience and is very capable of handling all types of wills and scenarios.

We do have a Price Transparency page available for Probate, but you will get a more accurate quote tailored to your needs when you contact us.

Making an enquiry

We do not charge for sending us an enquiry, so there is nothing to lose. Feel free to take advantage of our freephone number, or simply leave an enquiry using our form.

You can start your will or probate enquiry with Scott Rees by calling FREE on 01695 712 318, or by completing our Wills & Probate enquiry form above if you prefer a callback at a time more suitable to you.

Lastly, if you know anyone who requires a will writing service, why not let them know about us? We have a very high rate of satisfaction among clients who have used our will writing service in the past!

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