The Easy Way to Write Your Will
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While most people have a wish list of things they’d like to do before they die, writing a will probably never features alongside fantasising about activities like riding in a hot air balloon over the Himalayas, scoring a goal for England or visiting the Taj Mahal.
Yet death and taxes are, famously, the only two unavoidable parts of life, and while some manage to avoid taxes no one has yet worked out how not to die. Our passing can be made less traumatic for our loved ones – most notably by making a will. Yet dying without a will is increasingly common. So many people put off writing their will because they think it will be too expensive, complicated, or time-consuming, or just that it is something that they will get round to sooner or later.
Now a team of solicitors has launched a unique will-drafting facility, aimed at providing an easy to use, tailor-made service that will provide you with a draft of a bespoke Will within days of filling in a straightforward online questionnaire. This is the first time a law firm has provided such a detailed and streamlined online service.
The questionnaire has been specifically designed to ask all the necessary preliminary questions to ensure that all relevant information is included in the Will without having to meet a solicitor until the process is nearly complete.
It is not unusual for traditional law firms to take months to write a client’s Will, but Clegg Manuel Solicitors, the London-based law firm behind this new service has developed it because they believe that high quality Will writing does not need to be a protracted or expensive procedure. Clegg Manuel prides itself on providing an efficient and first-rate service that will be neither costly nor time consuming to the client.
Jessica Duff, Wills & Probate partner at Clegg Manuel says: “sometimes it can take weeks, even months, to finalise a will, depending on the solicitor – between organising a meeting, going in to see the solicitor, waiting for a draft, making changes, then waiting for the final copy. At Clegg Manuel, we have always aimed to have a draft sent to clients within a couple of days of seeing them, and always do our best to have a signed copy on our files as soon as possible, but unfortunately the same can’t be said of all solicitors – indeed, there have been cases of solicitors taking so long to get the will prepared, that clients have died in the meantime.”
The current online option for people not wishing to go through the traditional formalities of retaining a solicitor is to use one of the numerous cheap online DIY wills services. The difference between these and the new service is that an online Clegg Manuel will is prepared by a solicitor, and most importantly is not a “one-size fits all” product like cheap online products. At Clegg Manuel all of the client's particular circumstances are taken into account in preparing the most appropriate Will for them, tailored to suits their specific needs.
So, while many people may have organised what music they want played at their funeral, there are many who have neglected to write a will. It’s all very well telling your favourite nephew that he will be “looked after” when you die but if you don’t actually have a will in place the law won’t necessarily reflect your expectations. Immediate family members will be automatically entitled to benefit when someone dies unless otherwise dictated by a will. So although you might have been co-habiting for many years, or had your niece move in to take care of you, the law will overlook them in favour of your next of kin - even if they are not the people you wish to inherit your estate.
“Our new service is a perfect example of how technology and legal expertise can come together to provide consumers with an easy to use, reasonably priced service for something that everyone needs to do,” comments Duff.
So although it may not be the most thrilling thing you’ll ever do, everyone should add writing a will to their list of “must dos” - because as solicitors Clegg Manuel tell us, it’s too important not to.
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Clegg Manuel is a friendly and energetic firm based in Clerkenwell, London EC1 specialising in Wills and Probate services, all aspects of business transactions, commercial property and buying and selling your home.
The Clegg Manuel Online Wills service costs from £295 plus VAT.
Clegg Manuel Solicitors: 26-27 Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DS
Tel: 020 7847 5600
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