October 6, 2020

Couples save up to 21% when making wills, safely, this autumn

Regional law firm, Holmes & Hills Solicitors, provides Will writing services that offer couples a saving of between 16% and 21% on legal fees when making Mirror Wills at the same time.

Holmes & Hills has also introduced Safe Service Standards to allow you and your partner to make your Wills safely during the current public health situation.

Why make a Will at all?

If you do not have a Will, the law says who inherits your estate. You will not have control over who inherits your assets, you will not have planned for care and you will not have planned for Inheritance Tax liability. Your estate may not provide for those you would wish to benefit.

Many people assume that their assets would pass automatically to their partner or children, but this is not necessarily the case. If you are not married or in a civil-partnership, your partner has no legal right to your estate – pensions, savings, property, belongings.

If you do not have a Will, you may not benefit those you would wish to provide for and it can leave those that you love the most in financial hardship. In some circumstances they may not be able to remain in the family home.

Making a Will ensures that the people you want to benefit when you die are provided for. Our clients often wish to receive advice as follows:

  • How to provide and protect young children – who will look after your children if you die, where will they live and who will look after the money they inherit?
  • How to provide for a partner if you are not married or in a civil partnership.
  • How to plan for future care needs.
  • How to protect your contribution to the purchase price of a property when you live with someone else*.
  • What steps they should take if choosing to leave out a beneficiary from their Will.
  • How to leave your interest in a business/es
  • Provide for children from a former relationship.
  • How to set up a Trust.
  • How to provide for vulnerable adults or children.
  • How to update an existing Will.
  • How to protect your contribution to the purchase of your child’s home*.
  • How to give away an inheritance in a tax efficient manner**.

Declaration of Trust *
Deed of Variation **

Couples save up to 21% on legal fees

When making Mirror Wills, couples save up to 21% on their legal fees when using Holmes & Hills Solicitors*. The saving will in fact be between 16-21% with the exact saving being subject to the complexity of your personal affairs and the desired planning. You will be advised of legal fees and savings during your initial appointment on the telephone.

What is a Mirror Will?

Mirror Wills are Wills made by couples in the same terms, the terms of which mirror each other. Each Will is its own separate legal document.

Make your Will safely this autumn

The team of specialist Will writers at Holmes & Hills Solicitors understand that you may have concerns about attending an office at the current time to make your Will. Wanting to support you in making your Will safely this autumn, Holmes & Hills has introduced a series of Safe Service Standards.

Zero or minimal time in our office:

Your lawyer will minimise the amount of time you have to spend in our office. Your lawyer can provide expert legal advice through telephone or video calls in order to take your instructions. This telephone appointment will usually take around one hour.

Depending on the complexity of your wishes to be reflected in your Will, it may be that we need to see you in person. This is due to the importance of the legal document that is your Will and allows us to ensure you understand the advice we have provided, as well as the implications of your Will for your family and loved-ones.

Safe Service Standards in place:

You will be told on your initial telephone appointment whether it is necessary for you to attend one of our six offices. If it is necessary, you can rest assured our Safe Service Standards are in place. These include:

  • Perspex screens in each reception area.
  • A large meeting room which you will immediately go into.
  • Social distancing will be exercised at all times.
  • A perspex screen will separate you from your lawyer in the meeting room.
  • Your lawyer will be wearing a full protective face shield and a fresh pair of gloves.
  • Your meeting room will have been fully cleaned before your arrival.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available in reception and in your meeting room.
  • Clients will wear a face covering

Ask Us About Making Your Will

Call 01206 593933 and ask us about making your Wills this autumn. 
Or send an email

*Couples save between 16% and 21% on legal fees compared to making Wills separately at different times.

Key Contact

Zara Fletcher

Chartered Legal Executive

zlf@holmes-hills.co.uk

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