Wills

Only three in 10 people in the UK have a Will. Every year the Treasury gains millions of pounds from people who die intestate – that is without leaving a Will.

Why you should make a Will

Your Will tells everyone what should happen to your money, possessions and property after you die (all these things together are called your ‘estate’). If you don’t leave a Will, the law decides how your estate is passed on, in line with the law of intestacy – and this may not be in line with your wishes. With no Will in place it is likely to take longer to finalise an estate. During this time your beneficiaries may not be able to draw any money from your estate. It can lead to arguments and distress for your relatives.

Writing a Single Will vs Mirror Wills

Mirror Wills are when couples have Wills that are almost identical – usually leaving everything to each other, or to any children if the couple die at the same time, and if there are no children then someone else can be named as beneficiary.  A.R.K.’s Will writing service can help with both using single and mirror Wills.

The FIVE STEPS OF WRITING A WILL with A.R.K.

A.R.K. Lasting Powers & Wills is an independent Will writing service based in Stevenage, Herts. Our friendly experts will guide you through the five steps involved with writing a Will. Our service is professional and jargon-free.

Step 1Contact us by phone or email to make an appointment. Our clients generally like to be seen in the comfort of their own home. We will happily visit you to take your Will instructions. Daytime and evening appointments are available. If you prefer, an office-based service is available for daytime appointments. Your Will writing appointment will last for around one hour.

Step 2: At the appointment we’ll talk to you about your wishes, give you advice and take your instructions. You’ll need to have photographic ID with you. Once the 14 day cancellation period has passed, we will ask for a means of taking payment in full, (either card details or cheque).

Step 3: After the 14 day cooling off period has passed (or earlier if you waive the right to this) we will prepare the first draft of your Will/s. We will post or email everything to you so you can check your document/s. If you wish to change anything at this stage we will happily make amendments for you.  The friendly expert whom you met at your initial Will writing appointment is available to answer any queries about the contents of your Will or the next step in the Will writing process.

Step 4: Once you have confirmed that you are happy with your draft Will/s we will prepare the final version/s and post it/them to you for signing. You may be charged for any amendments you request after we have prepared the final version/s of your Will/s.

We will provide full instructions regarding the attestation process, that is the signing and witnessing of your Will/s, and ask you to return it/them to us (or scan the signature page to us) so that we can check this has all been done correctly and that your Will/s is/are valid.

Step 5: Once we are satisfied that your Will/s have been correctly signed/dated and witnessed we will confirm this in writing. At this point we either arrange for safe storage of your Will/s or return them to you. Returning your Will/s is done via Royal Mail Signed For post so that you can store them safely at home. If you are storing your Will/s you should make sure your executors/reserve executors know where to find them.

If you would like us to arrange safe storage this service is offered via the Society of Will Writers with the National Will Archive. A small annual fee is payable, however, this also means that your Will/s can be amended once every year without incurring an additional charge.

If we are arranging storage your executors will be told how to obtain your Will/s when the time comes. They will then be responsible for administering your estate and obtaining Probate if this is necessary.

What if you made a Will years ago and you can’t understand all of the legal language in order to work out if your wishes are the same? We offer a free review service – we will read your existing Will and explain any terminology you are unsure about. There will be nothing to pay to A. R. K. if you decide that your existing Will still says everything you want it to.

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Particular circumstances where a Will is vital

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