Your will is a set of clear instructions for what you want to happen after you die. After your death, your will is used to distribute your assets according to your wishes. Everything you've built up over your lifetime - your house, money, and valuables - is dealt with by your will.
Wills also provide clear direction for family and friends at a difficult time. Your will can help take some of the pressure off, for example, you can tell your loved ones what you want to happen to your body and any requests for your funeral.
Making a will provides peace of mind, for you and your loved ones. We can help you through every step of the process - whether you want to make a new will, update your current will or just need advice, for example, if you’re thinking of leaving money to charity in your will.
You could choose to do it yourself, with a so-called ‘DIY will’, but a properly written will gives you peace of mind. To be certain, a will should be written and checked by a legal professional. DIY wills do not give you the same peace of mind because any mistake, however small, could result in your will being challenged.
At Tees we have a large team of wills and trusts solicitors who offer a comprehensive range of wills, trusts, tax, probate services including:
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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:
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.
The benefits of having a properly written will include:
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.
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.
In order to be valid, a will should be:
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