Will Writing Solicitors in Glasgow

Our award-winning will writing lawyers in Glasgow can help make sure your final wishes are catered for.

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The importance of making a Will cannot be understated. Your Will determines how you wish for your estate – sentimental possessions; money and any other assets – to be distributed amongst your family members, close friends or your chosen charities.

To make a Will valid, there are certain requirements that must be met, which our will writing solicitors can assist you with.

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Without a Will, your property and possessions could be distributed according to the law and not according to your wishes.

There are rules of succession that would dictate how your estate would be allocated to individuals and this may be in a way which you would not have intended.

Without a Will, those you leave behind may face major difficulties when it comes to managing and distributing your estate, difficulties in relation to tax and it may be necessary to apply to Court to appoint an Executor – the individual responsible for dealing with and winding up your estate.

If you have any children, a Will can protect the children whereby you can appoint a Guardian for them should the primary carers pass away. If you are unmarried or do not have a registered Civil Partnership then you will not automatically be entitled to your partner’s estate on their passing unless there is Will in existence. There is no automatic right to inherit from your partner and with no Will in place, it may be that your partner is left in financial trouble and will need to raise a Court action.

At Neil Kilcoyne Solicitors, we can offer you some peace of mind and ensure your Will is legally binding and valid by helping you to avoid common pitfalls. Our Solicitors can advise on a range of issues and offer a bespoke service for both those who may have complex circumstances with larger families or estates and those with more straightforward requirements.

We can discuss a variety of topics with you including but not limited to:

  • Executors – who should be responsible for dealing with your estate
  • The individuals you wish to inherit your property, savings and assets
  • How your children should be cared for
  • Funeral wishes should you have any
  • Charitable donations you may wish to make

Get started writing your will

If you need to write a will, we can help. Our solicitors are on hand to provide expert guidance and advice on your unique situation.

How Do I Get Started Writing a Will?

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In order to take instructions and payment, we require photographic identification from you (e.g. passport or driving licence) and proof of your residential address (e.g a utility bill, council tax letter or bank statement).

This must be dated within the last three months. These documents can be emailed to us at admin@kilcoyne-solicitors.co.uk and will be placed on file. Our Letter of Engagement, Terms of Business and receipted invoices will continue to be issued to clients by email or post.

During the telephone consultation it would be useful for you to have information such as the full names and addresses of any family members or friends that you wish to inherit from your estate to speed up the drafting process. This will help our solicitors with the process of writing your Will.

Once your Will has been drafted this can be emailed to you for printing and signature, or it can be sent by postal service. You’re required to sign the Will at the bottom of every page. You must have it witnessed by a friend or family member and their signature is required on the final page.

Once this has been executed, you can scan a copy of the signed Will or take a picture of each page and email these to us for our records.

It is important to keep your Will safe and standard practice is for the firm to retain the original Will in our Will safe. Therefore, we would ask that when our Glasgow office reopens to the public after lockdown you return the original Will to us for safekeeping, and we will provide you with a copy for your own records.

Get started writing your will

If you need to write a will, we can help. Our solicitors are on hand to provide expert guidance and advice on your unique situation.

Get in touch with a member of our team today to book an appointment or for a free telephone consultation. 

FAQs

A Will is a valid document which allows a deceased person to leave specific items to loved ones, appoint a person to wind up their estate, and gives them peace of mind that their affairs are in order.

A will is extremely important if you wish to determine how your estate and other assets are distributed amongst family members, close friends or chosen charities. 

 

When drafted properly, a valid Will allows you to:

  • Determined the beneficiaries who will inherit your estate. 
  • Appoint executors who will administer your estate. 
  • Receive assurance that your affairs are in order. 
  • Outline funeral arrangements.

Take control of tax planning, in particularly inheritance tax.

The general things to include in a Will involve:

  • Executors = Who will be responsible for dealing with your estate. 
  • The individuals you wish to inherit your property, savings, and assets. 
  • How your children should be cared for.
  • Funeral wishes.
  • Charitable donations you may wish to make.

You can make changes to your Will after it has been drafted as it is not set in stone. It is important to update your Will to reflect any changes in your family’s circumstances, which could include: 

  • If you are getting married or remarried or registering a civil partnership. 
  • If you are getting a divorce or separating from your partner.
  • If you are having a child or adopting a child. 
  • If a beneficiary dies. 
  • If you gain new assets which you would like to leave to certain people.

Challenging a Will has become more common due to the increase in the complexity of the law and the popularity of template Wills where specialist advice isn’t taken before creating and signing. 

While contesting a Will can be difficult, at Neil Kilcoyne and Co Solicitors, we can offer you advice and assistance if you have concerns about a Will.

A Will can be contested on several grounds: 

  • Capacity: This is where the deceased did not have sufficient mental capacity at the time they made the Will. 
  • Execution of a Will: A Will needs to be signed by the testator and are usually signed on every page in the presence of a witness. 
  • Undue Influence and Wills: If a person has taken advantage of a relationship with a testator. 
  • Fraud: If there is evidence that the signature on a Will is forged, then it can be challenged.