"As first time will makers, we did not have a clue but Vanessa explained everything very clearly and concisely. When I had a query, she dealt with it quickly and put my mind at rest."

Making or Updating a Will

It is important to take action today to ensure your estate is dealt with as you would wish after you have died.

Quite simply, if you do not make a Will the law says who inherits your estate.  Most people assume that everything would pass automatically to their partner but this is not necessarily so and certainly if you are not married or in a civil partnership, they will have no automatic right to inherit any part of your estate.  Your estate may pass to the person or persons you would not want to inherit.  It may result in financial hardship for your loved ones or an expensive court action.

Making a Will ensures that the people you want to benefit when you die receive your estate.  Holmes & Hills Solicitors are experienced to be able to draft a Will that is tailor made to meet your specific requirements.

We appreciate that some couples have ‘simple’ arrangements whilst for others their affairs may be more ‘complex’.  Whatever your specific circumstances, Holmes & Hills Solicitors will be able to assist you.

Our clients often wish to receive advice as follows:

*Declaration of Trust

**Deed of Variation

All part of the Will writing service from Holmes & Hills Solicitors:

Couples save up to 21% when making Mirror Wills:

Married couples, civil-partners and co-habiting couples save between 16% and 21% when making Mirror Wills, the exact saving is subject to the complexity of the affairs and will be advised at an initial meeting. 

There really is ‘no time like the present’ for you and your partner to make your Wills.  Even if you have already made a Will, it might be a good idea to review it and see if it still meets all your requirements and accurately reflects your wishes.  If we did not draft your existing Will it doesn’t matter, we are still able to advise you and prepare a new one should you wish to do so.

Assisting your executors:

Following your death, because you have made your Will with Holmes & Hills Solicitors, your executors will be entitled to a free half hour initial appointment with one of specialist probate lawyers. This will inform them of their role an responsibilities.  

Updating your Will:

Whether or not you made your original Will with Holmes & Hills Solicitors or not, one of our specialist lawyers can assist you in updating your Will to ensure it is aligned with your current circumstances and wishes.

Frequently asked questions when making a Will:

See answers to those questions we are most frequently asked - Click here >

The first step in making your Will

Call us on 01376 320456 (Essex) or 01787 275275 (Suffolk) and ask to speak with one of our team about making or updating your Will.

For people of all ages the thought of contacting solicitors to make a Will can be daunting. Our bespoke service guides you simply through the Will writing process addressing any questions you may have.

*By prior arrangement – home visit charges apply.


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Andrew East
Andrew East

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Deborah Abbott
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Sue Carlile
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Vanessa Santomauro
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Dean Stanhope
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Michelle Cochrane
Michelle  Cochrane

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