Wills Lawyers Manchester – Bury & Prestwich
Writing a Will is a vital part of planning for your future. Put simply, a Will provides clear instructions on how you wish your assets to be distributed among your loved ones after you have passed away.
Aubrey Isaacson – Serving Manchester for More Than 35 Years
If you die without a Will, the Rules of Intestacy will apply. These are a set of legal rules that decide how your assets will be distributed. They are standard, and so do not take into account your particular family situation or your wishes.
Dying without a Will (known as dying intestate), can cause innumerable problems and create unnecessary stress for family members already grieving your loss. By having a clear, unambiguous Will in place, you will protect them from the pressure and anxiety of managing your affairs and having to guess your what you would have wanted.
Writing a Will
If you are considering writing your Will, it is essential that it meets specific criteria, otherwise, it will not be valid or enforceable. Our Wills and Probate solicitors will ensure the legalities of your Will are met, minimising any risk of its contents being challenged after your death.
For a Will to be valid, it must:
- be created by someone over 18;
- be made voluntarily;
- be created by you when you are of sound mind;
- be in writing;
- be signed by you in the presence of two witnesses who are both over 18; and
- be signed by your two witnesses, in your presence.
- for your Will to have full effect, it should take account your entire estate (property, bank accounts, investments, savings, personal belongings, etc.) and be up to date.
Updating a Will
Changes to your Will can be made by adding new documents to it, called codicils, saving the effort of having to create an entirely new Will. You should contact your lawyer when you think any change in circumstances could affect your existing Will, for example when you have a child or grandchild, buy a new property or marry or divorce.
Disputing a Will
Whatever the nature of the dispute, the Contentious Wills and Probate solicitors at Aubrey Isaacson will endeavour to provide simple, straightforward, jargon-free legal advice sensitively and compassionately to help you achieve a resolution as quickly as possible. Contact us today on 0161 959 6000 or fill in our online contact form to find out how we can help.
Mistakes and Invalid Wills
While someone may wish to challenge a Will because they feel they have been unfairly excluded, disputes may also arise because of the way a Will has been drafted, or due to the circumstances that led to changes being made by the deceased.
A Will may be invalid if it has not been appropriately signed, if it has been destroyed or altered in some way, if the person who made it was not of sound mind or was put under undue pressure by someone else. In cases where mistakes have been made in a Will due to clerical error or because legal representatives misunderstood client instructions, the Court may decide to interpret the Will in a way that accurately reflects the deceased's intentions.
Contact our Wills Lawyers Manchester – Bury & Prestwich, Here to Help
Contact us for advice on writing and updating your Will. In order for us to give you advice tailored to your situation, Call 0161 959 5000 (Head Office, Prestwich), 0161 959 6000 (Whitefield Office) or 0161 959 5050 (Sunny Bank Office, Bury). You can also contact us using our online form.