Why Should I have a Will?

Why Should I have a Will

Most people understand the need for a Will but for some reason tend to ‘put off’ to another day the making of a Will.

However a Will is a document that can give you control over what happens to your assets after you die rather than the law deciding. Suppose you are in a long term relationship, living with your unmarried partner and your children, and you have not made a Will because it is always something you have always put off until tomorrow. As you and your partner are not married, your partner would have no automatic right to receive your assets and they would in fact pass entirely to your children. Your partner may be able to make a claim under the family provision for dependants rule, but this is likely to result in Court proceedings which are costly, stressful and divisive at a time which is already emotionally difficult for the family.

Making a Will means you can:-

  • decide who will inherit your Estate (the distribution of your Estate should always be undertaken with the family provision for dependants rules in mind)
  • decide who is appointed Executor, being the person or persons who administer your Estate
  • decide who will be appointed Trustee and administer any Trust Funds that may arise in your Estate (for example if you have children under 18)
  • decide who will be guardian of your infant child(ren)
  • decide whether any gifts should be made to charity, family or friends (these can be monetary or personal items)
  • state whether you wish to be buried or cremated

The underlying message is that by having a Will you are not only controlling what you want to happen after your death you are also assisting your family in what can be a very traumatic time for them.

If you would like further information on making a Will please see the information sheet on our website. There is also a proforma available to assist you in making your decision as to what you wish to happen.

Download Proforma Here

Look at our Wills Leaflet Here

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Maples supports Alzheimer's Society's Cupcake Day

On 14th June 2018 Maples Solicitors LLP are pleased to be taking part in the Alzheimer’s Society’s Cupcake Day.

Tea, coffee and cupcakes will be served from 10:00am until 12:00pm and all donations received will go to the Alzheimer’s Society to help fight dementia and create a lasting change for all those affected by it.

At the same time, Maples will also be running a free Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Care Home Planning clinic so that whilst you are in the office you may take the opportunity to discuss any of these with one of the Private Client Team with no obligation to commit. You can use the time to raise any questions you may have about making a Will, who you could appoint as Executors, whether you need a Power of Attorney, how a Power of Attorney works, or how you can plan for possible Care Home fees, for example.

Maples hope to see their existing clients join them for the coffee morning and very much look forward to meeting new people- everyone is welcome!

If you would like to discuss any matters in relation to Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney or Care Home Planning related matters prior to the coffee morning then please contact one of the lawyers in our private client team:-

Jane Mawer- jane.mawer@maplessolicitors.com
Jamie Dobbs- jamie.dobbs@maplessolicitors.com
Faye Blair- faye.blair@maplessolcitors.com

Or telephone the office on 01775 722261 and ask to speak with one of the team.

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