You can find answers to some of the typical questions we get asked below. Alternatively, if you have a question that you can’t find an answer to on our website, contact us and we’ll email or call you back at your request.
How much does it cost to write a will?
We have a fixed fee of:
- Single Will – £95 plus VAT
- Joint (mirror) Will – £160 plus VAT
Once we have taken your instructions our fees are payable. We also have an extensive range of services and if additional work is required we will always quote our fees before agreeing to go ahead with any work.
How long does the process take?
A typical appointment to take your instructions required to prepare your Will(s) lasts approximately 1 hour. Once we have the instructions we promise that you will receive your Will(s) within 10 working days.
If you require your document(s) sooner than this we also offer a Fast Track service, where, for an additional charge, we guarantee your documents within 3 days of taking the instructions.
Do I really need a Will?
For most people the answer is most certainly, ‘Yes’. A Will allows you to decide who will inherit after your death, who will act as guardians to your children, and will also give you the peace of mind of knowing that your family will not have to struggle with the complexities of organising your estate unassisted. In addition, a carefully planned Will can be used to structure your affairs to protect your assets for future generations. You can find out more by reading our blog post titled ‘Do I really need a Will?’
How can I protect my home from being sold to pay care fees?
The Community Care act allows your Local Authority to sell your house to pay for your care if your income and savings are insufficient to cover the costs. However by incorporating an Asset Protection Trust into your Will there is a way to safeguard your equity for your children. To find out more please contact us for more detailed information.
Can I change my Will after it has been written?
Yes. In fact we suggest you review your Will every few years so that you can make sure it is relevant to your current situation. If you decide to store your Will(s) with us then our After Care service covers updates to your Will for only a £10 fee, plus vat, to help cover our administration.
What happens after I die?
Fitzgibbons & Co Ltd are able to act as executors to your estate, removing the stress and burden of obtaining Probate from your loved ones. However, unlike some solicitors and banks who also offer this service, if we are appointed to act alongside family members in your Will then there is no obligation for them to use our services after you die. We make sure the family has the best possible advice without any commitment.
What can I do to protect a disabled or vulnerable beneficiary?
Should you leave an inheritance to your vulnerable beneficiary, they risk losing their state benefits until the money runs out. To protect their interests we can create a discretionary trust in your will.
You can appoint a Trustee (perhaps a close family member) who is given the discretion to leave the legacy to a group of beneficiaries e.g. your children. These beneficiaries have the potential to inherit but not the right. The vulnerable beneficiary does not have to declare the inheritance to the local authority.
Your Trustees can decide how the funds are distributed therefore allowing the vulnerable beneficiary access to funds when required.