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Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Do Today

Reasons to choose Wilson Browne

As the saying goes…”Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today”

Making a Will may be something that you have thought about and is on the to do list but it can often be put to one side and before you know it months or maybe even years pass by.

You may then find yourself in a position where you urgently need to make a Will and your circumstances may not always make that possible.  Don’t leave it to chance as without a Will there are statutory laws which set out who inherits your estate and these can be quite harsh on those who survive you.

For example, if you are married or in a civil partnership and have children, it is not guaranteed that your partner will receive the whole of your estate.  The law says your spouse or civil partner would receive a specific amount.  If the value of your assets are above the specific amount the children are also entitled to receive a share of that amount.

If you are cohabiting, and even if you have lived together for a number of years, your partner is not automatically entitled to a share of your estate.  Under the statutory laws they are not classed as a beneficiary.  Your partner would have to make a claim against the estate in order to receive anything and this could involve costly legal proceedings and will take time.

By making a Will you take control as to who inherits your estate when you die and by putting things in place it means your assets can be administered in the way you would want, setting out important choices such as your funeral arrangements, guardians for minor (young) children, and any gifts you wish to make.

We know how important it is to make the right decisions about your future and we are here to help you from the start.

Our Family Law solicitors offer expert advice from our convenient offices in Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Higham Ferrers, Wellingborough and Leicester….in fact we cover most of Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and sometimes beyond.

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Suzanne Clifford-Brown

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Suzanne Clifford-Brown

Associate Member of CILEX

Suzanne is a Trainee Legal Executive in the Wills, Trusts and Probate team advising on a variety of matters including Wills, probate, trusts, inheritance tax and lasting powers of attorney