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Do I need a solicitor to write a Will?

Is it useful to use a solicitor when making my will?

A Will does not have to be prepared and witnessed by a Solicitor to be legally valid but there are strict legal requirements, which must be followed, for a Will to be legally binding.

It is beneficial to use a solicitor when making a will as it will be done professionally and accurately, making sure everything is sorted for those you leave behind.

Here at Williamsons our trained staff have a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to writing wills, therefore will give you friendly and professional advice and ensure the complicated parts are done for you.

If legal requirements are not followed your Will may be completely invalid. Even if the Will is valid, there are legal rules with regard to who can witness your Will. If the wrong people witness your Will it may be invalid or you may find that certain gifts in the Will fail. In addition to ensuring that the formal requirements of executing a Will are followed, taking the advice of a Solicitor is also recommended to ensure that you have considered matters which are often overlooked by those making a Will without the advice of a Solicitor. In particular advice is often requested in respect of the following matters:

  • What happens if one of my named beneficiaries dies before me?
  • How do I make provision for someone who is vulnerable (for example a child or someone who is disabled)?
  • Can anyone make a claim against my estate?
  • Do I have to list all of my assets in my Will?
  • I share a home with someone but wish to make provision for someone else. How can I ensure that my partner is protected but my intended beneficiaries still receive their inheritance?
  • I have assets abroad. Will they be covered by a Will made in England and Wales?
  • What happens to my Will if I get married/enter a civil partnership. What happens if I get divorced/my civil partnership is dissolved?
  • Will my estate be subject to inheritance tax and if so can I take any action to minimise the amount that will have to be paid?

The above list is a brief summary of the type of questions we answer on a daily basis. By making a Will with Williamsons, you can be assured that your questions will be answered by an experienced Will writer. At Williamsons we have years’ of experience of writing Wills and administering estates. Therefore the advice given to our clients includes the legal issues surrounding the making of a will, but we can also discuss the practical effect of your wishes with particular reference to how matters will actually be dealt with following your death.

Contact our Hull, Bridlington or Driffield office and one of our Wills and Probate experts will be able to advise you.

Contact details:-

Hull – 01482 323697

Bridlington – 01262 678128

Driffield – 01377 252022

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I’ve rated my experience with Williamson’s solicitors as excellent.My case was handled by Mr. Gordon Sewell. Mr. Sewell was very quick to get to work on my case, as was necessary at the time. Everything he did for me was thorough and made sure I had every chance in my case. Everything Mr Sewell did for me turned out a success and I couldn’t have been happy with the way he dealt with myself, could communicated with myself and dealt with the case in its entirety.I wouldn’t hesitate to use Williamson’s solicitors again should I require it and would recommend their services to anyone. In fact, I already have since my experience!Thanks again Gordon.

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Was very happy with the service given by Williamsons solicitors who dealt with the probate of a friends will and also the selling of her property. Especially Diane Ramsden whose help was invaluable.

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Williamsons took on my case following the collapse of another Hull legal practice. Despite them having to pick up a large amount of work already completed by others, they worked tirelessly to ensure the correct outcome for me. I cannot recommend this company highly enough, they go above and beyond the norm to make sure their clients are treated fairly.

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Our solicitor Carey Robinson was at all times helpful and professional, nothing was too much trouble. I would not hesitate to recommend her to friends and family.

Barbara C

I have used Williamsons Solicitors twice this year - for obtaining probate and for the sale of a leasehold flat and on both occasions I have found Williamsons to be extremely efficient and speedy. They were very knowledgeable and kept me well informed at all times. Any queries I had were answered promptly and all advice given was accurate and most helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend Williamsons to anyone in need of a first class, reliable and customer friendly solicitor. Thank you for making a traumatic situation as stress free as possible.