Wills - making a will

A will guides those who are left behind and saves unnecessary worry at a time of great emotional stress, as well as protecting your family and friends against legal challenges they might otherwise face. Whatever you possess, making a will is usually the first step to take in structuring your affairs.

If you are considering whether a will is necessary, here are some frequently asked questions about wills.

If you have young children your will should state who will be responsible for them. It is particularly important to make a will if you are not married or in a registered civil partnership. This is because the intestacy rules do not recognise cohabiting partners, even if they have lived together for many years. You can read about how the law favours married couples and those in civil partnerships to cohabiting couples regardless of the length of the relationship and whether or not they have children here.

A will is one of the most important documents in life, and if you instruct us you can be confident that there will be no hidden charges and we will take the time to get to know you personally resulting in the highest standards of client service.

No situation is too complex for our experienced and down to earth lawyers.

In particular, we can advise on:

  • Straightforward wills and reciprocal wills
  • Tax efficient wills
  • Living wills and advanced directives
  • Flexible life interest wills
  • Wills for more complicated family situations or for asset protection
  • Trusts, including;
    • Lifetime trusts and pilot trusts
    • Vulnerable and disabled persons trusts
    • Discretionary trusts
    • Insurance trusts
    • Charitable trusts
    • Property trusts
    • Trusts for grandchildren

Why choose us? 

  • We have a flexible approach and will tailor our services to your needs
  • We offer fixed fees wherever possible
  • We are regulated specialist advisers on wills, lasting powers of attorney, probate, trusts, and care and estate planning
  • Our team includes members of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and The Association of Lifetime Lawyers
  • We confirm our advice and your instructions in writing
  • No storage fees – we store your documents securely for free
  • Boys & Maughan has been providing expert local advice for over 200 years.

Contact us to discuss your circumstances
Our usual approach is to have an initial no obligation phone call to explore your needs and circumstances. During the conversation we will be happy to discuss our fees and offer you an appointment at one of our offices. Please ring your local Boys & Maughan office, use the form on this page to drop us a line, or view our team profiles and contact one of our lawyers directly.

We can also assist if you are involved in a  probate or will dispute.