Published: 06:02, 02 January 2020
| Updated: 09:57, 23 January 2020
Thinking about dying isn’t easy. Talking about it can be even harder for some people.
But even though the reality of our own mortality is a tough topic, the right discussion will ensure assets are left to the right people when we all inevitably pass on.
That is why it’s so important not to delay writing up a will.
Not doing so could leave your loved ones unfairly disinherited and even heartbroken as assets - some even personal items like family heirlooms - pass into the wrong hands.
“Writing up a will - especially with the help of our team of legal experts - can be an easy and painless process at an affordable rate,” said Amanda Jardine-Viner who is a private client solicitor at Buss Murton Law in Tunbridge Wells.
“If you die without having made a valid will, then your assets must be shared out according to specific legal rules called the rules of intestacy. It is essential to have a will in place to control what happens to your assets once you pass away.
“The process of creating a will need not be over-complicated. Once the will is drafted, it can also be easily updated, tweaked or changed if your circumstances change. You could save yourself and your family expense, time, uncertainty and potential legal battles.”
She added: “Whether you’re making a will for the first time or replacing an existing one, we can give clients clear and comprehensive legal advice tailored to your individual needs”
According to figures from Royal London, YouGov, IRN Research and Orchard, an eye-catching 54% of adults do not have a will while six in ten parents don’t have a will or have one that no longer meets their needs.
A will is more often associated with the elderly and is not something people - especially young parents - would consider necessary but without a will in place there is a risk of all sort of difficulties, uncertainty and delay, for example assets becoming frozen when you need them most.
Those same figures reveal that around 5.5million people do not know where to begin when it comes to writing a will and that is where legal experts like Buss Murton can step in to help.
“We have a dedicated team of legal experts specialising in wills and we also offer a 30 minute no-obligation consultation,” continued Amanda.
“If somebody does want an initial chat, then we will be more than happy to have that conversation with them by phone or at one of our offices.
“If necessary, we can also carry out home visits or to places like care homes if you are not able to visit our office.”
Having the right kind of will to match your individual circumstances is essential.
Sometimes there can be unforeseen legal loopholes. Buss Murton has the expertise to inspect and scrutinise wills that have been drafted elsewhere.
This is especially important when it comes to quick-fire off the shelf wills that can sometimes be found online.
And then there’s the issue of changed circumstances like, for example, somebody remarrying or moving abroad.
“We are also happy to review current wills and advise you whether they still meet your needs or if they need updating,” noted Amanda.
“We have the expertise to flag up things like changes in inheritance tax rules and advice about how to manage overseas assets or guardianship clauses in the will that may no longer be necessary if children have grown up.
“Our overall aim is to ensure that we draft a will that caters for an individual’s particular circumstances and ensures that their assets pass to those they would want to receive them.
Another concern for some people is what happens to their pets in the event that they die.
To relieve them of this anxiety, Buss Murton can assist by creating a little trust for a relative or close friend where they can leave money in a will to ensure that expenses like vet fees are covered.
Buss Murton has been an established business and an integral part of the legal community for over 300 years.
If you would like further advice on the above article or on any other related matter, please get in touch with Amanda on 01892 510 222 or email email@example.com.
Buss Murton’s Private Client Team works with individuals and families providing advice on matters such as wills, probate administration, trusts and tax planning, lasting powers of attorney and later life planning.
Providing expertise, solutions and a comprehensive service in an array of legal areas, the law firm has offices in Tunbridge Wells, Cranbrook and East Grinstead.
For more information about Buss Murton, visit the official website by clicking here.
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