Wills in Edinburgh & the Lothians

Wills in Edinburgh & the Lothians

Making a Will

Many people believe that when they die, their estate automatically goes to their immediate family but this isn’t always the case. If you don’t leave a Will, your estate would be distributed according to the laws of intestacy, which can lead to unintended financial consequences and emotional anxiety for your family. The absence of a Will means your estate might take longer to settle, may involve costly court proceedings and your assets may not go to the people you intended.

How our Team Can Help You

The private client team at Stuart & Stuart is here to guide you through the estate planning process, including providing advice about how to:

  • protect assets for your loved ones
  • ensure that your children are looked after
  • minimise Inheritance Tax
  • help you to deal with assets situated around the world
  • make the most suitable Will to suit your family circumstances, whatever they may be

Stuart & Stuart having been making Wills for clients for over 200 years, so you know you can trust our expert and professional advice will be tailored to suit your individual needs.

You can download our information leaflet and even share them with family and friends.

To speak to one of our Solicitors call 0131 222 9975

How much will it cost?

Once we have taken the time to understand your circumstances and objectives, we will provide you with a fixed fee quote for preparing your Will.

Once I write a Will can I change it?

You can add to your Will or revise elements of it using codicils. However sometimes it may be simpler to write a new Will. Stuart & Stuart will always advise on the best course of action.

Can I appoint a guardian for my children in my Will?

Yes, if you have young children you should name who you would want to become their legal guardian in the event that you die. This will prevent the state and social services from appointing a guardian in your absence.

Can I include funeral instructions in my Will?

Yes, it is possible to stipulate your wishes in your Will and we would guide you about the best way to achieve this.

If I make a Will can it be challenged?

Making a Will is the best way to ensure that your wishes are carried out. However, in Scotland, there are special rights which entitle spouses, civil partners, children (and in some cases grandchildren) to make a claim on your estate, regardless of the terms of your Will. We can advise you how best to minimise the risk of a challenge but it is important to note that proposals have been put forward to change the law in this area.

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