Most people understand and appreciate that making a will is crucial to avoiding probate problems and losing hard earned cash to the taxman in the event of a premature death - for expatriates this is imperative
Amazingly even rich and famous celebrities sometimes make catastrophic mistakes and are not immune from the consequences of failing to take care of this basic and fundamental document.
Michael Winner - Rik Mayall and even Princess Diana made mistakes - learn more about what happened in each of their circumstances.
The problem traditionally for many people has been the need to sit with lawyers and be charged very high lawyer fees for such a will drafting service - in addition this is often very time consuming and very inconvenient.
For expatriates gaining access to such lawyers far from the UK only compounds these issues.
For this reason and especially for expats who have UK based assets we now provide our clients a service, in collaboration with the Wills Register, to dramatically simplify the process of effecting your will(s) and at a truly modest cost - just GBP 99 for a Single will and GBP 149 for a mirror will.
By using either our online will questionnaire or via our Paper Document pdf (available on request) you will have the ability to structure your will in the convenience of your own home or office and at a time that suits you.
We provide support notes during the process to assist the forms completion and we are of course always available to answer any questions or queries either by email or by telephone..
When using our online service, if for any reason you are unable to complete the questionnaire do not worry, all your input is saved ready for your return at a later time when you may complete the form - we issue a security key code in order that only you can access the secure servers.
With the questionnaire complete and your Will professionally drafted the hard copy will will be posted to you for signature and witnessing - once done your will becomes a legal document.
When a person dies without leaving a valid will, their property (the estate) must be shared out according to certain rules. These are called the rules of intestacy. A person who dies without leaving a will is called an intestate person.
Only married or civil partners and some other close relatives can inherit under the rules of intestacy.
If someone makes a will but it is not legally valid, the rules of intestacy decide how the estate will be shared out, not the wishes expressed in the will.
Learn about the UK intestacy rules here
Making a Will gives you the opportunity of ordering your affairs for after your death.
We all have a natural reluctance to contemplate our own death, but it is the one thing in life that is guaranteed (having to pay tax is arguably another guaranteed).
If you don’t leave a Will then the law will step in and a rigid set of rules, known as the Intestacy Rules, will dictate what happens to your property and your money.
By making a Will you can control how your property and affairs will be dealt with. It will ensure that your wishes are properly taken into consideration and it will make life much easier for those you leave behind.