Guide to Wills

Why make a Will?

At Garner & Hancock we have a team of experienced and highly qualified solicitors who can help you to ensure that your decisions about what happens to your assets once you have died are met.

By making a Will you can decide who looks after your estate and what happens to your belongings. If you have children you can indicate who will look after them and how they will be financially provided for. By making a Will you can also ensure that your estate does not pay too much Inheritance Tax.

If you die without a Will you die ‘intestate’ and the law will dictate how your estate is administered, which may be different from your own wishes.

Why instruct a solicitor to prepare a Will?

A Will is one of the most important documents that you will sign as it addresses who will inherit from your estate. It is not a decision to be taken lightly, which is why our experienced, dedicated lawyers can offer you bespoke advice to assist you with your future planning.

Do it Yourself Will writing kits and services offered by “Will Writers” may appear to be a more cost efficient. However the consequences of a poorly drafted Will can be disastrous and could result in an invalid Will and your beneficiaries incurring high legal costs if a dispute arises as a result.

Our team also advise on:

  • Amending your current Will
  • Asset Protection
  • Disabled and minor beneficiaries
  • Inheritance Tax mitigation
  • International assets

Our team will discuss with you all options available to distribute your estate in the most tax efficient way.

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Our Wills & Probate

Mr Nigel George

Head of Private Client

0208 232 9560

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