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Around 70% of the UK population do not have an up-to-date Will that accurately reflects their financial circumstances and wishes at the time of their death. If you were to end up being one of these people, your estate may not be divided in the way you would have chosen and you risk creating unnecessary conflict between your loved ones after you are gone.

Making a Will creates certainty, reduces worry and gives you the peace of mind of knowing exactly how your money, property and possessions will be dealt with after your death.

By having a will, you can choose which of your possessions you wish to go to the people of your choice. If you die without a will, there are legal rules which decide how your property is distributed, meaning the law decides who gets what and this may go against your wishes.

For a will to be valid, it is often beneficial to seek advice as many wills aren’t straightforward and they must be formally witnessed and signed. Fieldings Porter can make you a valid will that ensures your wishes are met after you have died.

A Will also guides those who are left behind and saves worry and heartache at a time of great emotional stress.

Additionally, a Will is usually the first step to take in structuring your affairs in order to minimise your liability for Inheritance Tax.

Our highly experienced Wills solicitors in Manchester and Bolton understand how sensitive and intimidating the idea of making a Will can be. We offer a friendly, expert Will writing service with the aim of making it as easy as possible to put the right provisions in place now for your future and the future of your estate and loved ones.

Speak to one of our friendly, expert Wills solicitors now by contacting your local Fieldings Porter office in Bolton by calling 01204 540900 or Manchester by calling 0161 834 4722.

Our Will writing services in Manchester & Bolton

We offer a sensitive, practical service for creating and updating Wills, as well as a number of related services.

Our Wills solicitors’ expertise includes:

  • Preparation of Wills, trusts and deeds
  • Reviewing and amending Wills
  • Issues in Wills such as Guardianship
  • Preparation of a Lasting Powers of Attorney
  • Tax Planning Advice and Will drafting
  • Sharia compliant Islamic Wills

Common questions about Wills

Why should I make a Will?

There are various reasons to make a Will (and ensure it is kept up-to-date) including:

  • Ensuring your estate is divided according to your wishes (without a Will, your estate will be divided under the standard intestacy rules)
  • If your circumstances change (e.g. you get married or divorce, or become a parent)
  • If your financial situation changes significantly (e.g. you buy a house, receive a large inheritance etc.)
  • Where you want to find ways to protect certain assets from inheritance tax (e.g. by creating a trust)
  • If you need to make provision for a vulnerable loved one (e.g. someone under 18 or who is physically or mentally incapacitated)

When is the right time to update your Will?

If you already have a Will, we recommend updating it whenever you have a major change in circumstances. This can include things such as getting married or divorce, having children, buying a home, or anything else that involves a significant change to your estate or potential beneficiaries of your estate.

We recommend you review your Will every 5 years at the very least, to ensure no changes of circumstances have been overlooked since your Will was created or last updated.

What are the requirements for a valid Will?

For a Will to be considered valid, the person making the Will must:

  • Be 18 years old or over
  • Be acting voluntarily and not under pressure from anyone else
  • Be of sound mind i.e. fully aware of the contents of the Will and what they mean
  • Make the Will in writing
  • Sign the Will in the presence of two witnesses
  • Ensure the Will is signed by the two witnesses in their presence
  • Not choose as witnesses anyone who is a beneficiary of the Will or married to a beneficiary of the Will

It is also strongly advisable to date the Will, in case there is ever any dispute over which is the most recent version.

Why choose Fieldings Porter for Wills?

Our Wills solicitors have decades of experience helping a wide range of clients to deal with all aspects of Wills and inheritance, as well as related issues such as probate, trusts, Lasting Powers of Attorney and inheritance disputes.

We have particular expertise in Islamic and Sharia Law compliant Wills and inheritance issues, allowing us to offer a truly diverse legal service.

Our team includes 4 full members of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), reflecting our expertise and commitment to excellence in this area.

Fieldings Porter has achieved the Law Society’s Lexcel accreditation and is independently regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

Speak to our Wills solicitors in Manchester and Bolton now

To discuss your requirements with one of our highly experienced Wills solicitors, please contact your local Fieldings Porter office in Bolton by calling 01204 540900 or Manchester by calling 0161 834 4722.

Contact our team now!Appointments available from 8am to 6pm at the Bolton office