We appreciate that writing a Will is not always a high priority amongst the general public. Matters of death and (inheritance) taxes are not cheerful topics. However, the only way to ensure that your intentions are carried out in the event of your death is to write a clear, legally valid Will. If you die intestate (i.e. without a Will), your estate will be divided according to various default rules which will not necessarily reflect your intentions. It is also a common misconception that a surviving spouse will inherit everything – this is not always the case. You can read more about prior and legal rights here. At Wilson & Fish, our lawyers fully understand that writing a Will can raise sensitive issues within a family, and will provide sympathetic yet professional guidance throughout the drafting process.
We are aware of the popularity of ‘DIY’ Wills, including online services. However, a Will must meet various legal formalities to be valid and enforceable. If you attempt to draft a Will yourself, or use the services of a drafting provider which is not a reputable law firm, this can result in a period of uncertainty and delay for your loved ones while it is determined whether the Will is valid. If it is invalid due to errors, the Will may not be valid and the rules of intestacy may apply. This will mean that your intentions will not be carried out, even if they were clearly expressed in the DIY Will. For these reasons, we advise that you seek professional legal advice if you would like to write a Will. An experienced executry solicitor will ensure that your Will is formally valid, stored safely and securely, and free from any errors.
Why should I write a Will?
As well as clarifying your intentions in respect of your property, writing a Will provides an opportunity to set out instructions for your funeral and burial. These instructions are not binding on your executor(s), but are highly likely to be followed. While some view ceremony and burial arrangements as unimportant, others have very specific plans for their funerals – whether you discuss funeral arrangements with your solicitor during the drafting process is entirely up to you. The instructions might include religious burial requirements as well as, or alongside, the testator’s personal wishes, such as plans for particular music or readings.
Our solicitors have a wealth of experience in writing Wills for clients, ranging from relatively simple Wills bequeathing all assets to one relative, through to complex Wills with many beneficiaries. You can be assured any Will prepared by our lawyers will properly reflect your testamentary intentions, and that the process of writing a Will is not an expensive outlay. We are committed to fair pricing, which is clear and transparent, and will advise on fees at the first point of contact.
Alongside our Will-drafting services, our lawyers can provide inheritance tax advice. We can also review and redraft your current Will. If you are an overseas solicitor drafting a Will that involves Scottish assets or other Scots law issues, we can advise.
Contact our Wills Lawyers Glasgow, Scotland
Wilson & Fish are based in Glasgow, but our solicitors work with clients throughout Scotland, including Aberdeen, Ayrshire, Dundee, East Kilbride, Edinburgh, Paisley and Stirling. If you would like to discuss writing a Will with one of our expert solicitors, please contact us today on 0141 222 7951 or complete our online enquiry form.
Explanation of Will and related tax implications were presented in a highly professional and sympathetic manner. - Margaret Russell