Here at Whitebrook Wills and Trusts we were most concerned to hear from the Wiltshire Citizens Advice Bureau that there has recently been a sharp increase in the number of queries they are receiving about intestacy in Devizes and other towns in the County.
According to a BBC report the Wiltshire CAB had 1,522 queries concerning dying without a will in 2011, but by 2015 this figure had risen to 3,747, along with an increase in people consulting the CAB with problems executing wills.
A fair proportion of those queries came from Devizes, where many bereaved relatives are faced with having to deal with the consequences of their loved ones having died without making a legally binding will.
Having been in the business of preparing wills for all sorts of people in Devizes and other parts of the West Country for many years, the consultants at Whitebrook Wills and Trusts are all too aware of the heartache and distress that can result when someone dies without having made a will to record their final wishes.
Where there is no will, complex Intestacy Rules apply to the division of the estate left behind, and these are not always straight-forward. Disputes and breakdowns in family relationships have resulted, and even cases where partners and spouses have been left in financial need.
It’s often wrongly believed, for example, that if there is no will the surviving spouse of a deceased person will automatically inherit their entire estate. This doesn’t necessarily happen though if the estate is worth more than £125,000. There are all sorts of familial criteria and rules that come into play.
All the complications and pitfalls can be avoided simply by taking the time and trouble to have a will written and witnessed by a professional from a specialist legal firm like Whitebrook Wills and Trusts.
Devizes is one of the Wiltshire towns that we cover from our base in Warminster, and our consultants are prepared to visit clients at home or at work, if you wish, to draw up a will.
We quote you a fee up front to deliver our service in Devizes, and there will be no “hidden extras”.
In not much more than an hour you could have a will in place and feel confident that your estate – large or small – will be left to a person/s of your choosing, in the hands of an executor you trust, with probably a saving on inheritance tax to boot!
Having a valid will is everyone’s duty because it brings peace of mind for yourself and your family.
To arrange to have a will drawn up in Devizes call Whitebrook Wills and Trusts on 01985 850622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.