Making a Will

JE Bennett law are an experienced local provider and we will guide you through the process of making a will. We provide expert legal services from our Office in Sevenoaks to clients in the local area including Maidstone, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and across Kent and the South East.

Why We Need Wills

It's estimated over half the adult population of the UK don't have a valid Will. Here's why you shouldn't be one of them.

  • Spend a little time now, to ensure what you want to happen to your estate - your money, your property, your valuables - will actually happen. 
  • Save your family stress: avoid paperwork and potential legal bills for them at a time where they will already be stressed and emotional 
  • If you're unmarried with a partner - your partner won't be entitled to anything unless it's in a will
  • If you're a parent:
    • appointing a guardian for your children. If not the family courts will decide what happens to them.
    • providing for children 
  • Choosing an executor: someone you trust to make sure that your wishes are carried out when you die

Your Choices When Making a Will

  1. Do it Yourself

It is possible to make a will without legal guidance, and you may think your circumstances are simple enough to do so. Please bear in mind that complexity of a will is down to individual circumstances and it's not always just about the size and value of the estate.

2. Use a bank or will writing service

There are a number of will writing services offered by a variety of organisations and these may well be competitively priced. We advise that you check for any extras and satisfy yourself that all your needs are met and that you have confidence in the supplier.

3. Use a specialist lawyer

Choose an organisation with a team of specialists who understand the law and will take time to understand and represent your particular circumstances clearly, accurately and in a legally binding manner.

Why choose JE Bennett Law?

At JE Bennett Law are experts in the provision of wills and we can add value to the process by clearly explaining the options available to you based on your own specific circumstances. 

Our friendly and expert team will take time to understand both your circumstances and wishes and then offer you experienced, professional advice to ensure those wishes will be met.

We offer a full range of Will services including statutory Will applications to the Court of Protection.

People often shy away from making or updating their will. Thinking about what will happen when you die can be difficult, but we can't stress how important it is to treat it as an exercise in planning for the future. 

Please Remember. If you die without leaving a valid will then your estate will pass in accordance with the rules of intestacy, and these rules set out the order of inheritance. In these circumstances it is not a ‘given’ that your spouse or civil partner or children will inherit and there is the risk that someone that you have no relationship or contact with, for example, could benefit from your estate. A will provides the opportunity to: 

    • Choose who you want to act as executor and administer the estate for you
    • Name a guardian for any children under the age of 18
    • Leave gifts to specific individuals or organisations
    • Leave the remainder of your estate to whomever you wish
    • Leave assets in trust for young or vulnerable beneficiaries

We strongly advise you seek professional advice before making a will, to provide the peace of mind in knowing that your wishes will be adhered to.

 

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