Will & Probate Solicitors

Ensuring your assets pass into the right hands

We appreciate it can be difficult to envisage a time when you’re not there to provide for your family and preparing a will can be the last thing on your mind.

Planning early, however, gives you and your family peace of mind so you can enjoy your time together in the present. With the expert guidance of our wills and probate solicitors, our clients find the process of preparing a will much less stressful than they anticipate.

Your will is the cornerstone of your succession planning. Not only will this document ensure that your assets pass to your chosen beneficiaries and family members, but also that this happens in the most practical and sensible way to protect your loved ones and your assets for the future.

Will & Probate Expertise

We have expertise in all types of will and probate matters. Our experienced lawyers offer a wide range of services here we have listed a few of the key offerings

Bespoke written wills

Appointing powers of attorney

Advising on a range of issues, from tax considerations to the use of protective Trusts

Estate administration

Setting up of trusts

Succession planning

Contesting a will

Why choose Shakespeare Martineau?

We have been awarded the STEP Platinum Employer Partner accreditation, the highest of three accreditation levels awarded under the STEP Employer Partnership Programme.  

We are winners of the Family Law Firm of the Year award – Midlands and Wales. You can find out more by reading our recent blog.

We are completely transparent with our pricing from the get-go. View our list of will packages and once you have been assigned a dedicated team you will be provided with a complete breakdown of costs.

Call us today: 0330 024 0333

Our will writing services & prices

At Shakespeare Martineau, we provide expert will writing services, below you can find our different will packages and their features. Whichever package you decide we always approach the writing of your will with sensitivity and compassion and impeccable attention to detail.

If you are interested in one of our packages complete our online will form below or call us on 0330 024 0333.

Our standard will

from £550
  • Initial consultation and assessment with qualified lawyer
  • Bespoke lawyer written will
  • Review of existing will (if applicable)
  • Discussion about current inheritance system
  • Discussion on lasting powers of attorney
  • Appointment of executors
  • Appointment of guardians
  • Monetary and specific legacies including charitable gifts
  • Funeral wishes
  • Documented explanation of clauses to accompany will
  • Engrossment for signature
  • Copy of will for records
  • Free storage of original will
  • Reminder to review your will every 3-5 years

Our bespoke will

from £1,250
  • Everything that is included in our standard package, plus the following:
  • Partner or legal director led service
  • Calculation of current inheritance exposure
  • Advice on lifetime giving
  • Use of trusts for business assets (exempt assets)
  • Setting up of trusts for vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Setting up of life interest trusts
  • Setting up of assets protection trusts
  • Setting up of charitable trusts
  • Bespoke letter of wishes
  • Detailed letter of advice
  • Discussion with specialists lawyers across Shakespeare Martineau to ensure the practicalities of your will can be put in place

Our premium will

hourly rates
  • Everything that is included in our standard and bespoke packages, plus the following:
  • Planning meetings to discuss structures
  • Advice on potential claims to your estate
  • Inheritance tax report to include ways to mitigate exposure
  • Foreign assets and interaction of foreign wills
  • Domicile and residency issues

Talk to one of our experts today about our will writing services

Frequently asked questions

We've put together a set of commonly asked questions to help you understand more about the benefits of having a will, the process and how much our bespoke will writing services cost.

Making a will is the only way to ensure that your wishes in relation to your property and personal and financial affairs are carried out after your death.

It is also a great opportunity for personal tax planning and can ensure that valuable inheritance tax reliefs are available to your executors. It can also include trust structures that can be tailored to your intended beneficiaries’ particular needs, for example, if you have young children, vulnerable family members or you wish to benefit charitable causes long into the future.

Making a will also give you the freedom to appoint your executors, who will administer your estate and look after things for you when you’re no longer around. These could be family members, friends or professionals. Your executors have authority to deal with your estate immediately on your death, including making arrangements for your funeral.

If you have children under 18, you can also appoint guardians to look after them if you die and include this information as part of your will.

Having a will in place will give you and your family the peace of mind and certainty that your wishes will be followed on your death.

How can we help?

Our expert family lawyers are ready to help you and your family, contact us online below or speak to someone by calling us.

Our family guides

No matter what situation you and your family have found yourself in we are here to help and have put together a collection of guides and advice to support you.

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