Recently our Wills and Probate Team have had a series of training sessions to consider just what type of service we are offering to our clients. We have always taken training seriously however, as a group we were amazed at just how much we do offer.
Many people contact us about wills and probate. Some clients are interested in the service we can offer them; others simply want to know the price of a will. You will all be aware that you can make a homemade will free of charge. There are some will writers who may only charge you £40.00. You can also pay a hairdresser to cut your hair or you can live with the result of trying to cut your own fringe!
However, not all wills are the same. Many of our clients have assumed that their lives are straightforward when in actual fact, from a legal point if view they are anything but. At Emmersons Solicitors we pride ourselves on being able to deal with all of life’s complications. Some will writers have undertaken a course lasting a few days, they couldn’t possibly hope to understand many of the legal issues presented to them. It has taken us years to learn our craft.
One of our staff was shocked recently to discover that his own circumstances are extremely complicated. I shall refer to him as Bill; he was previously married and has two children from that marriage. He now lives in a house with his long term partner, let’s call her Amy; she has two children from a previous marriage. They own their own home together and Bill also has a pension, some savings and an investment property in his own name. Notably, he doesn’t have a will.
So if Bill were to die his next of kin are his adult children and not Amy with whom he has lived for years. Amy however relies upon Bill’s income, as they have lived together for over two years she could also make a claim against his estate. What about her children? They could potentially also make a claim as Bill has treated them as children of the family and has supported them financially.
Where will all of this end? Bill decided he had better make a will, he didn’t want his family to spend tens of thousands of pounds in legal fees trying to sort out his estate after his