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At Percy Hughes & Roberts, we provide comprehensive will writing services that will ensure your assets and the needs of your family are protected.

Will Writing Services

Seeking out expert will writing services could be hugely important to your future. By choosing to write a will, you will be able to ensure your assets and the needs of your family are protected after you die, while avoiding the stressful legal disputes and uncertainty that come when someone dies without a will.

Percy Hughes & Roberts’ wills writing solicitors are experts in helping clients make a robust and comprehensive will, providing tailored and easy-to-understand advice on what can be a complex process. With our will writing services, you will be able to create a will that takes all of your individual needs and circumstances into account, giving you peace of mind that your estate will be distributed according to your wishes.

Whether you are looking to write a will from scratch or are looking for a legal professional to review and ratify an existing document, the will making solicitors at Percy Hughes & Roberts can help you. Based in Birkenhead, we have been delivering the highest quality will writing services for clients across the Wirral, Merseyside and the North West for more than 100 years.

If you are seeking legal advice in order to write a will, give us a call today on 0151 666 9090, or send us an email query by filling in our online contact form.

How can our specialist will writing solicitors help you?

At Percy Hughes & Roberts, we provide comprehensive will writing services for clients from all backgrounds. Our team of lawyers are experts in this area of the law and will guide you through every step of the process. This includes:

  • Explaining all of your options to help you decide how your will should be structured
  • Deciding who will benefit from your will
  • Identifying an executor for your will
  • Arranging how your assets will be divided among your beneficiaries after you die
  • Writing and checking over your will, according to your instructions to ensure it is legally compliant and covers all of your needs

Why choose Percy Hughes & Roberts Solicitors?

Our specialist will making solicitors have considerable expertise on all aspects of will writing, and can help you ensure your will is executed properly and legally. We are happy to answer any queries you may have and always provide clear and comprehensive advice.

We have a strong commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards of service. This is reflected by the accreditations our team has received from high-profile national organisations such as Lexcel, the Law Society's quality standard.

We have been providing quality, concise legal advice to clients for more than a century, and we are dedicated to helping members of the community receive the simple and cost-effective support they need when creating their wills.

Why do I need a will?

One of the most stressful aspects of approaching the end of your life is feeling unsure about what will happen to your family when you are no longer around to look after them.

By making a will, you can decide exactly what happens to your assets and possessions after you die. This includes having control over who deals with your estate and who will be responsible for looking after any children or other dependants under your care. Additionally, having a will means your beneficiaries will benefit from any tax relief or exemptions available to them.

If you die without a will, your estate is subject to intestacy law, meaning your assets may not be inherited by those you had hoped. Dying intestate could result in the following consequences:

  • Unmarried partners or stepchildren do not receive a share of your estate
  • Any donations you intended to make to chosen charities upon your death are not made.
  • Your estate is claimed and redistributed by the government if no blood relations can be found
  • An estranged spouse or civil partner may inherit your estate against your wishes
  • You will have no say in who will look after your children, or when they will receive their inheritance.
  • Your estate may be liable to pay more inheritance tax than would otherwise have been necessary

As such, creating a will is essential for anyone looking to ensure their wishes are carried out after they pass on.


What are the consequences of dying without a will?

A will is an essential part of any estate plan. It is vitally important everyone has an up-to-date will so that when you pass away, any unnecessary stress and pain can be avoided at an already difficult time for your family.

When someone dies without a will in place, strict laws come into force which establishes all of the above. This is called intestacy, and it can often lead to unnecessary stress for the family of the deceased.


What is intestacy?

Intestacy is the condition of the estate of a person who has died without a will. This law follows strict rules in relation to how an estate is divided. It is often not the most beneficial way to split an estate.

The rules of intestacy follow a hierarchy of who should benefit from the estate. This order is as follows:

  • Spouse/civil partner
  • Children/grandchildren
  • Parents
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Grandparents
  • Uncles and aunts

You can work out who will inherit what with this Government guide.

These intestacy rules, however, do not account for the modern family. There are many situations in which this could lead to problems for your family, and mean your wishes are not carried out.  Some of those scenarios include:


You have no executor

If there is no will, there will be no executor appointed. In this instance, an Administrator has to be appointed by the Court to deal with the estate administration.


You do not select guardians for your children

If you are the only surviving parent and you do not choose a guardian for your children in your will, this decision could potentially go to the family courts. The courts often choose immediate family. This could again lead to potential issues with the rules not considering the modern day family.


There is no opportunity to provide a trust for your children

Without a will, you will have no opportunity to set up a trust for your child, appoint trustees, or determine a suitable age for your child to receive your assets.


“Common law” relationships are not recognised

Without a civil partnership or a marriage, you are not legally entitled to inherit if your partner dies without a will, no matter how long you have been cohabiting.​​​​​​​


You have no funeral arrangements

Many people have strong preferences when it comes to funerals. This may seem trivial in the grand scheme of things, but do not underestimate how reassuring it is for your family to know your wishes have been carried out in relation to your funeral. Without a will, your family may not know your funeral arrangements.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


There is potential for more legal costs

Rectifying any disputes after your death can incur legal costs. Litigation is often expensive and time-consuming, and contesting a will is no different. Costs are in the discretion of the court.

Do you need a lawyer to make a will?

Although it is possible to create your own will, doing so without a professional will writing service could make it more likely for mistakes or oversights to be made. This could result in a will that does not offer the level of protection you intended, or might even potentially result in your will being declared invalid, meaning your estate will be subject to intestacy law. You can find out more about the most frequent mistakes made when writing a will here.

By working with an experienced will writing solicitor, you gain the following benefits:

  • Common mistakes in writing the will can be avoided more easily
  • Your solicitors will be able to handle the more complex aspects of the will writing process
  • You will have greater legal protection and support if something goes wrong with the will

Contact Percy Hughes & Roberts

To speak to the will writing solicitors at Percy Hughes & Roberts, give us a call on 0151 666 9090, or complete the enquiry form on our contact page to send us a query by email. 

We pride ourselves on offering expert advice that's easy to understand, and we will be with you through every step of the legal process. Our offices are based in Birkenhead, but we service the wider Wirral, Liverpool, Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales area, as well as clients nationwide.

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