New Online Will Writing Services

Abbey Broadway are please to offer potential customers to make their Wills online using our new state of the art will writing software

Why use us?

No complicated forms – just simple questions.
All Wills are checked by a qualified will writer.
Covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance up to £2.5 million.
100% legally valid document.
Free updates to your will online.

 

Is it Legal?

Many people worry about the legality of preparing a will without using a solicitor. However, provided the Will is correctly worded, signed and witnessed it is a fully legal document regardless of who wrote it.

Furthermore the will does not need to be signed by a solicitor – it can be witnessed by almost any two adults provided they are not beneficiaries of the will.

 

How does it work?

We have simply automated an age old process followed by solicitors drafting Wills all over the country. This allows us to provide you with a totally legal document at a substantially lower cost in a short period of time.

The Will document you create using our site will contain the same standard clauses and be just as legal as one written by a solicitor.

While preparing your Will online, you can stop at any point, and simply return at a convenient time to log in and continue where you left off. Having completed your Will with us, you can return to the site at any time in the future and make alterations and updates at absolutely no extra charge.

Halifax Will Writing Services

Home Visit Will Writing Services in Halifax

We’ll Set Up Your Will Quickly and Easily

As part of the Will Writers Network we offer clients a hassle-free service to create your Will in just a quick home visits around 1-2 hrs. Our will writers are based in Halifax  – . Call us today on 0800 368 9770 and get your will sorted

No Forms To Fill In

There are no forms to fill in. We do all the work. All you need to do is answer a few questions.

Convenient home visits in the Halifax postcode area

Our Will Writers provide home visits in the daytime, evening and at weekends – whatever’s most convenient for you. You don’t need to take any time off work.

Our professional Will Writers make it all easy and free from stress. You don’t have to fill out any complicated forms. Your friendly local-based Will Writer will simply ask you all the questions needed to have your Will drafted. This usually takes no longer than 45 to 60 minutes, in the comfort of your own home, at a time to suit you.

Simple Process, Competitive Prices

The process of making a Will is made as simple and easy as possible, without any unnecessary legal jargon, and our Will Writers’ prices are amongst the most competitive on the market, considerably cheaper than solicitors’ fees.

Save Money

Our Prices for standard Wills

Type of Service
 Single Will
 Joint/Mirror Will

Making a Will
 £110.00
 £155.00

Lifetime Storage
 £40.00
 £80.00

Your Local Will Writer in Halifax

All our Wills are individually drafted by legal executives. We do not use fill-in-the-blanks templates. Your Will expresses your own wishes and our professionals can advise you on ways to reduce the burden of inheritance tax.

Your Wishes

A will stands as the legal, written record of your wishes after your death. It is a legally binding document explaining how you wish to be buried, and how you would like to distribute your Estate. It’s gives you complete peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are taken care of, as you want.

Don’t Fall Prey To Intestacy                                                                              

Without a will, your estate is divided according to the rules of intestacy, and your wishes may not be carried out by the person who inherits – especially if you have step-children, who get nothing if you die without a will, and have no say in your burial or your estate under the law of intestacy. These days, it’s not unusual for families to fall out over a dead relative’s estate, and permanent damage is done to previously stable families by greedy relatives.

At the Abbey Broadway we understand the significance of a written Will and what it means to your life. We offer you the very best will writing service in the UK to ensure you avoid any future family disputes and to make certain that your assets are distributed according to your wishes.

Leave Nothing to Chance.

Your Will is important and must be drawn up by expert Will Writers – at Abbey Broadway we leave no stone unturned to offer you professional will writing services in Halifax, protecting your assets and ensuring your loved ones are cared for as you intend.

We offer professional will writing services and experienced will writing advice, tailored to your own individual circumstances and needs.

The Will Writers Network represents only professional Will Writers who are members of recognised Will Writing Institutes in the UK, and who are signed up to the Will Writers Network Code of Professional Conduct.

Next Steps

To discuss how to put together your own Will in more detail, informally and without obligation, call us today on 0800 368 9770 or use our simple online form by clicking here.

So if you’re looking for help writing your will, let our local will writers visit you where ever you are in the Halifax and you’ll soon have the peace of mind your love ones will be taken care of after your passing. Call us now and let us help you.

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Understanding the probate process and why auction works

Handling the estate of a loved one who has passed away is often a sensitive issue at a difficult time. Ensuring the disposal of any assets is as simple and pain free as possible can make all the difference. We often sell property of those that have passed away on behalf of their family at our auctions. Here are some popular questions answered.

What does probate mean?

Probate is the term used to describe the legal process of proving and registering the last Will of someone who has died. This is often done by a family member, friend or partner. A ‘grant of probate’ must be obtained before any assets, including property, can be distributed in accordance with the Will. It is usually the executor of the estate who will administer the estate and handle the disposal of their assets and debts.

Where do I start and who is the executor of the estate?

Before this probate process can begin and a grant of probate obtained, the executor of the estate will need to be determined and lodged with the Probate Office. An executor of the estate is traditionally named in a Will and is often a family member; on occasion, a solicitor may be named as a co-executor. In instances where there is no Will, an administrator will need to be established.

How long does it take?

It usually takes between two and 12 weeks to receive a grant of probate. Only when the grant of probate is received can a property be sold or transferred to a beneficiary. However, a property can be marketed for sale during this time with a delayed completion.

What happens if not all beneficiaries agree on what to do with the property?

When there is more than one beneficiary involved, conflicting views can sometimes arise when handling or selling a probate property. While the views of all beneficiaries should be considered, it is ultimately the responsibility of the executor to administer the estate in accordance with the law. Disputes, such as whether to sell a property, or rent it out, will have to be resolved in court. In regards to this example, unless there is considerable evidence that a property will increase in value over time, a court may find in favour of a sale rather than a letting.

Selling an estate at auction

Probate properties are particularly well-suited for sale by auction. Most people want to sell the property as quickly and efficiently as possible. Selling at auction not only facilitates a fast sale, meaning beneficiaries can receive their share of the estate quickly, but it also supplies the best price at the culmination of an extensive marketing campaign.

Probate properties are also often in need of refurbishment and modernisation. Fixer-uppers always do well at auction, often selling above guide price to buyers looking for opportunities for renovation projects. Furthermore, probate properties are very often fresh to the market, which increases their appeal.

Executors regularly use public auction for the increased transparency and fairness they offer. The transparent way in which a property is marketed and sold ensures that the executor cannot be accused of any foul-play, such as under-selling.

In addition to our residential and commercial property auctions, we are experienced in handling, splitting and managing the sale of small and large property portfolios as required and advising on the best route to market. Should you have a property to be appraised for auction we would be happy to supply our recommendations and advice on saleability.

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Supporting you in making your Will

You’re never too young or too old to plan your Will. It’s not just about money.. making your Will is also about knowing the important sentimental things in your life go to the one’s you want them to, no bad feelings and falling out.
It’s so difficult sometimes to know where to start and that’s why it’s so important to choose the person who takes down your wishes with care.

They should be professional and experienced; and preferably belong to a professional body to ensure they are up to date with legal and best practice in the industry.

Importantly the person you choose should care about you and ensure your Will fully meets your wishes.

CALL 0800 368 9770 and let us know when it will be convenient for us to call you back to discuss how we can support you in this important decision.

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A look back at 2021

A year ago, we reflected on one of the most unpredictable and uncertain years in our lifetimes due to the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Looking back, most industry news and headlines directly, or indirectly, mentioned the pandemic and the impact it had on our professional and personal lives.

Fast forward to today, and we are still faced with the continued impact of the virus. Let’s take a closer look at some of the top headlines of 2021 – a year of adjustment, adaptation to a new “normal” and sad royal news.

How COVID-19 has affected what to do when someone passes away

In normal times, when someone passes away, the process that follows can be quite daunting. Since the start of the pandemic and the introduction of The Coronavirus Act 2020, some tasks have been simplified and others have, unfortunately, become more challenging. Here are some of the key changes that we have seen being implemented.

To register a death, Registrars were allowed to conduct the registration remotely, via telephone or electronic channels. Typically, this is something that always happened in person.Funeral arrangements were significantly impacted at various points in 2021. From any cultural or funeral rituals that a family requested, for example, washing, dressing, kissing and holding the person’s body, to inviting loved ones to a funeral service, these were all activities that were banned or considerably restricted at one point. Fortunately, as national restrictions eased by mid-2021, families were allowed to gather and mourn their loved ones with fewer limitations.For those that kept important documents, such as pension details, insurance policies and bank and building society account statements, at their local bank, locating the papers may have been delayed. Due to lockdown, many banks reduced their hours of operation and appointment availabilities or even remained completely closed, which created a problem of gaining access to secured documents.With so many staff working from home and not having the same efficient processes in place as in an office environment, standard turnaround times by the Probate Registry, HMRC, DWP, Banks and Share Registrars were negatively impacted. This was especially difficult for those who opted for a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to estate administration.

Is an Inheritance Tax increase on the horizon?

Inheritance Tax (IHT) is currently charged at 40% on the value of an estate above the nil rate band, which is currently £325,000 for an individual. A recent survey by Tower Street Finance has uncovered four in 10 people fear an increase in IHT is coming in order to recover some of the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic. A minority (one in 33) worry that IHT could be doubled to 80%, which is what happened after World War II.

It’s a subject that has come up repeatedly in the past, including throughout the pandemic, but is it imminent this time? It’s a topic we will continue to follow into the new year.

Inheritance disputes & homemade Wills

Inheritance disputes have been on the rise for the past few years. Some of the reasons for this have been more people dying intestate (without a valid Will), loved ones being left out of a Will and the increase in blended families. However, in 2021, a new reason joined the list – an increase in homemade Wills.

Last year, research conducted by law firm Richard Nelson showed a surge in various Google searches related to Will making. In the week leading up to the second national lockdown in 2020, there was a rise of over 600% in searches for ‘make a free Will online’. Worryingly, there were also increases of over 100% for ‘Will template’ and ‘how to write a Will’, as well as a startling 1,500% rise in the search for ‘DIY Will’. These statistics spark concern as online Will templates should not be used as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ template. It may be some time until we know the effect of these online DIY Wills on inheritance disputes, but the expectation is that the validity of some of the Wills created during lockdown could be called into question.

Is the probate fee rise imminent ?

In July 2021, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced that the current probate fees do not cover the cost of running the service, therefore, they have proposed a plan that aligns the fees for Grants of Probate to cost recovery. The proposal states that the probate fee in England and Wales would increase from £155 for probate professionals and £215 for personal applicants to one standard fee of £273 for both professionals and individuals. Estates with a value below £5,000 would still be exempt from probate fees. The MoJ conducted a consultation to seek the opinion of the proposal of the new flat fee from various users of the service.

Since 2016, we’ve been monitoring the headlines on potential probate fee increases which have never taken place. However, the latest proposal seems fairer than in the past, so we expect news on this to be imminent.

The new fees are scheduled to take effect in early 2022, subject to the outcome of the consultation.

Video Will witnessing coming to an end… possibly

In response to the difficulties faced by Testators (individuals creating a Will) during the national lockdowns, the MoJ enacted temporary legislation that would legalise video Will witnessing between 31 January 2020 and 31 January 2022. This means the end date is fast approaching.

The MoJ is currently considering an extension of the legislation beyond January 2022.  Last month, the Law Society launched a survey to seek the views of legal professionals on the process to help inform the MoJ’s decision.

We will stay on top of any announcements regarding changes to the end date of this legislation.

A royal farewell

A review of 2021 would not be complete without acknowledgement of the sad end of a royal era. On 9 April 2021, the nation mourned the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Media coverage of his death scrutinised the details of his life and legacy, including what would happen to his multi-million pound estate. If plans were in place for Prince Philip’s estate to be inherited by the monarch, the Queen could be exempt from paying Inheritance Tax due to a legal clause agreed in 1993 which allows inheritance to pass from “sovereign to sovereign” or the consort of a sovereign to a reigning monarch.

For the average person, however, official government guidelines state that if “you leave everything above the £325,000 threshold to your spouse, civil partner, a charity or a community amateur sports club”, there is no IHT to be paid.

The exact value of Prince Phillip’s estate remains unknown and a recent high court ruling states that his Will will remain private for 90 years, so it will be some time before anyone knows the details. However, what we do know is that if the Duke of Edinburgh decided to leave his bequest to other members of the Royal Family other than the Queen, they could be faced with paying an IHT bill. Alternatively, if he decided to leave his entire estate to one of the hundreds of charities he supported, there would additionally be no IHT payable.

As 2021 comes to a close, we look forward to seeing how the events of this year evolve in 2022.

Abbey Broadway wishes you a happy and safe Christmas season and all the best in the New Year.

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Trusts in Wills

Trusts in Wills

Many Wills may have a Trust written into them but there is often confusion surrounding the reasons why it has been included and what it means.

It is important to remember that although the Trust in the Will is treated as coming into effect when a person dies, there may be some decisions for the named Trustees to make and it may be necessary for legal documents to be drafted to set up the Trust appropriately.

A Trust that is contained in a Will comes into effect when the Executors who have administered the estate transfer the assets (such as money or land) into the hands of Trustees. The Trustees are the legal owners of these assets but are not entitled to any benefits of the Trust, unless they are named as a beneficiary themselves. The Trustees are obliged to hold and manage the property for the benefit of a person or a group of people, who are called beneficiaries.

Trustees who are named in a Will have the option to take up their role or they can choose to retire their duty as Trustee if they so wish.  The power of appointing a new Trustee lies with them, in most instances. For Trusts involving land, at least two Trustees must be appointed.

There are several types of Trusts but the most commonly used include Trusts for minors and Discretionary Trusts.

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