Coronavirus update

During this uncertain time we have adapted to the new ways of working and using technology to help us. Going forward Wilkes Wills is carrying out appointments via Facetime, WhatsApp video calls and over the telephone, and will post Wills for signing.

It’s important that we follow the current safety advise, but still allows us to help our clients. So please get in touch.

It’s so easy….

Writing a Will does not have to be morbid, nor does it have to be difficult. It is one of the most important documents that you will ever need to make, and doesn’t need to be expensive or overly complex.

Why do I need a Will?

To prevent financial hardship.

If you don’t make a Will then on your death you will have died intestate. This can  cause difficulties for your loved ones who may suffer financial hardship and distress at a time when they least need it, whilst your affairs are sorted out.

If you do make a Will then the legal process in dealing with your affairs will be easier, and much less painful at a time when your loved ones will need all the help that they can get.

To control who inherits.

If you don’t make a Will then you will have no control over who will inherit what you own. On an intestacy who inherits what depends on which of your relatives is alive at your death and how large your estate is. Spouses may not receive everything and charities, friends and unmarried partners will definitely receive nothing.

If you do make a Will then you can name the beneficiaries (including charities and friends if you so wish) and you will know with certainty who will inherit from your efforts.

To take care of your children.

If you don’t make a Will and you are a parent of young children then you will have no control over who looks after them should anything happen to you. In such circumstances, the courts will appoint someone on your behalf – someone that you may not have chosen.

If you do make a Will then you can appoint guardians of your choice who will look after your children until they reach the age of eighteen.

These are just a few of the reasons why you should make a Will.