We are drafting Wills without a need for direct contact by taking instructions over the phone, via video calls or which ever method we can make work best for you. You can pay over the phone and the Will can be prepared by a Solicitor who will draft it and make arrangements to have it properly signed. You also do not need to worry about an independent witness being present when signing your will and we can advise how best to deal with this aspect – for example by witnessing a Will through a direct line of sight via a downstairs window.
Why we all need a Will
It’s important to make sure that after you die, your assets and possessions (known as your estate) will go to the people and organisations (known as your beneficiaries) you choose, such as family members and charities you want to support.
Your estate includes your personal possessions, as well as assets such as:
property (in Northern Ireland , the UK or overseas)
savings and investments
If you die without a valid will, it could be difficult for your family to sort out your affairs. Your estate will be shared out according to the Rules of Intestacy. Under these rules, only married partners, civil partners and certain close relatives can inherit your estate. If you and your partner are not married or in a civil partnership, your partner won’t have the right to inherit – even if you’re living together.
It’s important to make a will if you:
own property or a business
have savings, investments or insurance policies
Changing your Will amidst Covid-19 / Coronavirus pandemic
You may already have a will in place but when was the last time you reviewed it? Does it still benefit the correct people in your life, or have your wishes or financial position simply changed over time? This may be the time to revisit your existing will and think about any changes that may be required.
Reid Black usually suggest that wills are reviewed from time to time, and particularly following a birth, marriage, death or divorce. If your will no longer reflects your wishes Reid Black are able to accommodate clients and take instructions to amend, alter and create new wills when the existing one is no longer fit for purpose.
Use Reid Black to draft your Will – do not attempt it yourself or use an online website.
There are important formalities when making a Will and therefore we do not recommend you attempt yourself or use an online provider who is not legally qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland.
In Northern Ireland, for a Will to be valid, it must follow statutory requirements and, when Reid Black draws up your will, we will ensure that these are complied with and that the will is correctly signed and witnessed.
Making a will without using a solicitor can result in mistakes or something not being clear, especially if you have several beneficiaries or your finances are complicated. Your executor will have to sort out any mistakes and might have to pay legal costs. This will reduce the amount of money in your estate. Mistakes in your will could even make it invalid..
Fixed Cost Reid Black Will Writing Service:
Individual Will – £100.00* Mirrored Wills (for 2 persons such as married couples and civil partners) £150.00* Complex Wills requiring tax planning (phone for quotation)
No – we do not recommend using a DIY Will or online Will writing website. You are unlikely to know the case law and legislation that applies in Northern Ireland. Very often online Will writing sites are not based on our laws in Northern Ireland. You may well receive a Will that is based on US law or other jurisdictions which can lead to major problems when you die. Contact Reid Black and we will professionally draft a Will suitable to your needs.
Mirror wills are virtually identical wills where one person in a couple (such as a marriage or civil partnership) leaves their estate to the other in the event of their passing away. The most common mirror wills are when one spouse or partner leaves everything to their respective spouse (or partner) and then to their children. The other party’s will is similar, in that they leave everything to the other spouse (or partner) and then to the children. The result is that when one of them dies, the other is protected, and upon the second death, the children inherit the assets.
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