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Private Client | Wills
 
If you do not make a Will, your estate may not pass according to your wishes.
 
What should you do?
 
Make a will

It's never too early to make a Will. Without a Will, everything that you have may not pass to those whom you intend to benefit.

To assist you in preparing to instruct us to prepare your Wills, we have compiled a Wills questionnaire which contains the main questions that you will need to consider before giving your instructions. To complete the Wills Questionnaire please click here. Once completed, you can email your Questionnaire to us here. We will then contact you to arrange for the completion of your Will.
 
What types of will are commonly used?

A Basic Will sets out your wishes and provides security and guidance for those administering your Estate. However, in order to properly protect your wishes there are other options available. We recommend the use of Discretionary Trust or Life Interest Trust Wills in most cases where estates are to pass to family. They are designed to ensure that your estate passes down your family line to children or second generation beneficiaries. Such Wills can expand on the Basic Will principles to provide protection for your estate against:
  1. Inheritance tax
  2. Care fees
  3. Divorce proceedings
  4. Creditors/bankruptcy
  5. Third parties, such as against claims of 'in-laws' - protection for your future generations
For more information on the use of Trusts in Wills see Trusts and Family Estate Protection. To obtain a fixed cost quotation for all types of Will, or to arrange an appointment to discuss with our specialist lawyers, please contact our Private Client Department secretary Jan Lawrence.

Telephone: 01494 729024
Email: jan@dc-kaye.co.uk
 
Discretionary Trust Wills post 9th October 2007 – A CHANGE IN THE LAW!

MARRIED COUPLES WHO HAVE UNDERTAKEN A NIL-RATE BAND DISCRETIONARY TRUST WILL

From 9th October 2007 the Inheritance Tax nil-rate band doubled for married couples. As a general rule you ought not to have to change your existing Discretionary Trust will as a result of the change. Your existing Trust wills still provide an excellent structure for your wishes. It should not require any further amendment at this stage. Please contact us if you wish to discuss this further and the reasons for continuing to adopt this structure.