9 July 2019


The importance of making a will cannot be overstressed. A will makes it much easier for your friends/family to sort everything out when you die and they can do so in the comfort of knowing that they are carrying out your wishes. Without a will the process can take much longer and can cause additional stress at a time which is already very difficult. If you do not make a will, the statutory Intestacy Rules will apply which could mean that your intended beneficiaries may not inherit in practice. A will can help reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax that might otherwise be payable and making a will is especially important if you own property, have a family (particularly with young children) or dependants.

Furthermore, it is important to use a professional will writer. There was a sharp increase in the number of inheritance disputes heard in the High Court from 2018 to 2019. The reason for this, in most cases, was due to the use of DIY will packs (found online and at post offices/newsagents etc.). Probate is a highly complex area of law and DIY will packs are often not equipped to deal with the nuances of this area, nor the specific and bespoke instructions that people want with their wills.

A will must be clear and unambiguous and you should be certain that you have made the necessary provisions for your loved ones. Therefore, it is crucial that that you consult a professional when making your will. Someone who can guide you through the process and you can be sure that your will is in safe hands.

If you would like to make a will, please contact Sinclairs Solicitors on 020 8202 8222 or for further information. We would be delighted to assist you.