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Will writing solicitors

Writing your will is an important part of planning for your family’s future. Our solicitors specialise in wills and probate. We can help you with making a will, a declaration of trust or a deed of variation.

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Making a Will

We combine legal advice with independent financial advice, so you can plan your Will in connection with your other financial plans.

Our large team of wills and trusts solicitors offer a comprehensive range of wills, trusts, tax, probate services including: 

  • Wills – drafting a new Will, updating your current Will, codicils and general advice, for example leaving money or property to charity. 
  • Trusts – Will trusts can help you protect your loved ones even after your death. They are legal arrangements to manage wealth for the long-term, for tax planning and financial protection. The primary purpose of trusts is to protect assets for the benefit of the intended recipients. Examples of what trusts can be used for include: passing wealth to children or grandchildren, paying school fees or care home fees. Trusts can be used either in connection with lifetime giving or to give away some or all of your assets on your death, under the terms of your Will.

  • Tax – our specialist tax accountants plan the most efficient tax solution for you, and those to whom you leave money or property in your Will.
  • Probate – sorting out the estate of the deceased person to obtain the Grant of Probate. Includes managing the paperwork associated with money, property, tax and any legal issues.
  • Declarations of trust - to set out who owns what percentage of a property. 

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We work with you at every step. We'll explain your options, and how any decision might effect you and your dependents, in plain English. We make sure you're completely informed at every stage, so you fully understand the implications to you. We also explain the benefits, and any potential risk to you - so we can plan around it together.

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Our specialist lawyers are based in:

  • Cambridgeshire: Cambridge
  • Essex: Brentwood, Chelmsford, and Saffron Walden
  • Hertfordshire: Bishop's Stortford and Royston 

But we can help you wherever you are in England and Wales.

Legal 500 UK 2024

'A friendly, people-oriented approach to client relations and concise document drafting. They can communicate legal terms in layman’s language and are excellent at teasing out the pros and cons of various alternatives'

Legal 500 UK 2024

'Ian Johnston is a fine example of the ability of the firm to deliver the human approach to what can be very serious discussions'

Legal 500 UK 2024

'Sarah Walker is exceptional in helping us with wills in France and the UK. She listens brilliantly, responds appropriately, and gives clear and simple principles to work to'

Legal 500 UK 2023

'The Tees private client team has helped my family over three generations. I would recommend Tees to every family in need of advice on trusts, tax, succession and estate planning'

Legal 500 UK 2021

‘I have dealt with Nicola Havers as executor on probate matters and as a trustee for a family trust - she operates with calmness, tact, and diplomacy. Nicola is an efficient case manager. She brings in additional specialist advisers at the appropriate stages to supplement her own advice.’

Legal 500 UK 2021

‘The team has been helpful to me and my late mother in a range of ways that I feel go above and beyond the strict job description. In particular, they responded very quickly to her when she wanted legal help urgently when she discovered she was terminally ill. As she died two weeks later, Tees’ quick and helpful response was a great gift to her and so to me.‘

Legal 500 UK 2021

‘I have found the staff of Tees Law to be professional and highly responsive. It is clear that they care deeply about their clients’ needs and delivering a first class service‘.

Legal 500 UK 2021

‘The team at Tees takes the time to explain what will happen and made sure l understood the process. They kept me updated without me having to contact them. After the meetings, l was happy l had a good grasp of what was a complicated legal request.’

Make a will - FAQs

What happens to my money if I die without a will?

If you die without a will, your money will be distributed under the rules of intestacy. Under intestacy rules, your next of kin can inherit your money and assets according to a strict order of priority.

If you have a spouse or civil partner and children, then your spouse/ civil partner would receive the first £250,000 of your estate and personal chattels. Anything above this amount would be split as to half for the surviving spouse/ civil partner and half equally between your children. If any of your children have predeceased you, then their share may pass to any surviving children of theirs. 

If you should pass away without any surviving spouse/civil partner, children or grandchildren then your estate shall pass in accordance with the following order of priority: 

  • Parents
  • Brothers and sisters (or their children)
  • Half-brothers and sisters (or their children)
  • Grandparents
  • Uncles and aunts (or their children)
  • Half-uncles and aunts (or their children)

If you have no surviving relatives as described above, then your estate would pass to the Crown. Having a properly written will in place means your wishes are known and can be carried out after your death.

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What are the benefits of having a will?

The benefits of having a properly written will include:

  • You choose who inherits from your estate
  • You can choose someone to trust to administer your estate
  • Your family know what your wishes are
  • Gives the opportunity for estate and inheritance tax planning and management 
  • Makes appropriate provisions for minors or dependents 
  • Assists your estate in the event that the will is contested.

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What is the ‘national will register’?

The National Will Register is an official register of wills in the UK. It is approved by the Law Society and used by many solicitor firms. If your will is registered, solicitors can easily find it after your death.

Do I need to register my will?

No – it’s not compulsory to register your will on the National Will Register. However, if you register your will it can make it easier for your family to know what your wishes are after your death.

What are the requirements for a valid will?

In order to be valid, a will should be:

  • Made by a person over the age of 18
  • Made in writing; the will can be handwritten or typed
  • Made by a person with mental capacity, who understands what they are doing
  • Made voluntarily and without pressure
  • Signed by the person making the will, with two witnesses present
  • Signed by two witnesses, in the presence of the person making the will, after they have signed the will themselves.

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