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Making a Will is the only way to ensure that, on death, your wishes regarding your estate are carried out. Your ‘estate’ is everything that you own on death. Making a Will also brings peace of mind for your loved ones who can be confident that your assets are distributed in accordance with your wishes.

Making a Will helps protect assets that you have worked hard for so that you can give away money and property without creating unnecessary worry for those close to you.

Making a Will can:

  • Minimize inheritance tax
  • Ensure your assets pass to your chosen recipients
  • Appoint legal guardians to care for minor children
  • Appoint executors and trustees to deal with the legal formalities
  • Set up trusts
  • Ensure personal possessions pass to chosen recipients
  • Make gifts to charity and other worthy causes
  • Reflect changes in your circumstances such as marriage or divorce, birth of children or grandchildren and retirement

If you do not make a Will (or if the Will you have is invalid) the law decides who will inherit your money and property and who will deal with the legal and financial responsibilities. These legal rules (called the intestacy rules) may not be what you want and you may find that your family are not adequately provided for.

If you die without making a Will, the costs of dealing with your estate may be higher as there can be more work to do. Dying without a Will can also be distressing for your loved ones. Without a Will, children inherit at the age of 18, which is not advisable.

If you die without making a Will, your estate may not pass in the most tax efficient way.

Making a Will with us is easy. We can deal with everything by phone or email, you can use our online process or can you can meet with us, face to face.

We can store your Will (and other important legal documents) free of charge for life.

We often act as executors for our clients and have administered thousands of estates. Our Estate Administration team has over 100 years of experience between them!

Last Will and Testament on a Table

You can now take advantage of our online service to make your will. Just click on the button below.

Click here for information about how it works

Your Questions, Answered

These are a few of the key questions we get asked about Wills

How do I make a Will?

Making a Will with us is easy. We can deal with everything:-

  • By phone or email
  • Online – click here
  • Face to face.

Our online process is ideal for you if your affairs are straightforward. Even if they are not, feel free to use the online process to record your family and financial information – can we can then talk about how best to meet your needs.

How much does a Will cost?

The cost of a Will depends on what you need. Wills come in all sorts of shapes and sized but we offer competitive fixed fees for all Wills.

Typical prices are available on our pricing page.

What should I think about when making a Will?

Everyone is different and has different needs, circumstances and priorities. Our experienced team has a wealth of experience in tailoring advice to suit you, all offered at fixed prices and in a friendly and approachable way.

Some things to think about are:

  • The value of what you own and what you owe (inheritance is payable on your net estate after deducting available allowances)
  • Who you want to inherit your money and property
  • Who you would like to manage the legal formalities (your executors)
  • How you own your money and property e.g. sole name or jointly
  • Whether you are interested in protecting your assets via a trust

These are all important decisions to make and we recommend that you let us guide you through the process, step by step. That way, we can take the stress out of the situation and ensure that all of your aims are met.

Can you store my Will?

We will happily store your Will (and indeed any other important legal documents such as Powers of Attorney or deeds to your property).

Our fire proof storage keeps your documents safe and they can be accessed by you at any time. This service is entirely free of charge we just like to know that your documents and safe and sound.

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info@legalmatters.co.uk

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The Byre, Hills Barns, Appledram Lane South, Chichester PO20 7EG

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Key Contacts for Wills

Lucy Thomas
Solicitor and Legal Services Director
lucy.thomas@legalmatters.co.uk

Andrew Titmus
Solicitor, Head of Estate Planning
andrew.titmus@legalmatters.co.uk
012432 16904 (Ext. 209)

If you would like to contact us please use the details below, or complete the forms opposite and we will respond as soon as possible.

Phone: 01243 216900

Mail: info@legalmatters.co.uk

The Byre, Hills Barns, Appledram Lane South, Chichester PO20 7EG



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