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  • We all die
  • Your death impacts on your family emotionally & financially
  • Disputes can arise in relation to your financial assets or death benefit entitlements
  • If you have children under 18 trust & guardianship conflict issues can arise
  • You can make a decision about how want your assets, money & effects distributed
  • You owe it to your family & those you cherish to make a Will
  • Making a Will is one of the best gifts you can make
  • It’s particularly important to make a Will if you:-
  • Your assets will be distributed under the laws of survivorship or intestacy
  • What you have may not go to those you would want to benefit
  • Not making a Will could mean:-
    • Certain loved ones, such as unmarried partners or stepchildren are not provided for;
    • Your partner has to move out of your shared home;
    • No one looks after your property or financial affairs while the Court appoints an administrator – this could lead to mounting debts and unnecessary stress for your loved ones
  • A specific bequest is a gift of a chattel (eg a car, painting or jewellery) to an individual or couple;
  • A residual chattels bequest is a gift of whatever chattels have not been given to others;
  • A pecuniary bequest is a gift of a sum of money (eg £1,000);
  • A charitable pecuniary bequest is a gift of money to a church or charity;
  • A residual bequest is a gift of a share of what’s left after all other gifts;
  • The percentages of all the residual bequests should add up to 100%;
  • The recipients of bequests (gifts) in your Will are called beneficiaries.
  • Beneficiaries are persons, churches or charities that receive bequests in your Will;
  • Residual beneficiaries are persons, churches or charities who receive a share of what’s left after all other bequests.

The key things to consider are:-

  • What property and assets do you own?
  • Who are your beneficiaries and what inheritance do you want to leave them?
  • Who will be the executor(s) of your estate?

Follow our information links in these FAQs and as you complete the questionnaire. See Reciprocal/ Mirror Wills for couples, Ways of giving in your Will, Assets Jointly Owned, Real Property and Joint TenantsTenants in Common

Trusts have a variety of purposes in Wills; some common examples of which are:-

  • Wills which incorporate a trust leaving a tenant in common half share of a house to a spouse, civil partner or partner for their lifetime or until they go into care & then to children can preserve half the value of the property for the children and ensure that the entire value of the property is not used up in nursing home fees – see Trust Wills and Tenants in Common;
  • A house, or a tenant in common half share of a house, can be left in trust for the lifetime of a spouse, civil partner or partner & then to children of an earlier relationship on the death of the spouse, civil partner or partner;
  • Couples with children under 18 often leave everything to each other but also provide that if both die before the children reach 18, or another specified age, trusts are created to provide for the children until they reach the specified age;
  • Trusts can also be created for adults or children with disabilities, business management during beneficiaries minority and many other purposes;

Trusts can also be used for tax planning.  See Ending of Trusts.

Executors are responsible persons who carry out the wishes expressed in your Will and wind up your affairs normally within a year of death. Trustees are responsible for the investment of money or management of assets until children attain an age between 18 and 25. There must be at least two trustees. Executors and trustees are almost always the same persons.   

An executor or trustee who is indolent, imprudent, lacking in diligence, negligent or wilful can negatively affect the assets your family will inherit. You should thus chose your executors and trustees wisely. They can be a member of your family, a relative or a friend. If your estate is relatively modest and the wishes in your Will relatively simple your spouse or civil partner, a member of your family, a relative or a family friend would ordinarily be the correct appointment. Only one executor is necessary although more than one is fine. If trusts for minor children or others are being created you need a minimum two trustees. Solicitors are often asked to be additional independent executors and trustees.

For more information see the powers of executors and trustees, executors and trustees for children’s trusts, solicitor executors and trustees and Guardians

You can use your Will to record any special wishes you’d like for your funeral, including what you want to happen to your body. See Burial or Cremation Requests

You can exclude people from your Will. However if you exclude a dependent the dependent may be able to claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) (NI) Order 1979.  See Disabled Dependent.

Inheritance Tax is a tax on gifting within seven years of death or on death or on gifting into some trusts. In brief and subject to the details below and many legislative detailed tax provisions:-

  • Assets passing on death or by gift between spouses or civil partners are exempt to Inheritance Tax;
  • Nil Rate Band (Personal Allowance) - Each person has a personal allowance of £325,000;
  • Residential Nil Rate Band - If your estate is below £2m an additional allowance of up to £175,000 is available if you own your home which you are leaving to descendants;
  • Each spouse or civil partner is entitled to the same allowances;
  • Unused spouse or civil partners allowances pass on death to the surviving spouse or civil partner;
  • Thus a couple with a home worth more than £350,000 can, on the second death, leave assets to their children worth £1m without Inheritance Tax liability;
  • There are also annual gifting allowances of £3,000 per annum which can be utilised and a de minimis gifts allowance of £250 or below;

If you’re concerned that your estate might exceed the inheritance tax threshold you can opt for our Gold Service as it’s important to take specialist advice. See also Gifts out of Income, Charitable Giving, Lifetime Gifts, Gifts with Reservation & Deeds of Variation.

If you have property in more than one country it’s important to plan appropriately. You should make sure that your Northern Ireland Will deals effectively with your UK assets while ensuring your assets outside the UK are structured to work together with your Northern Ireland Will to minimise your estate’s exposure to tax. See Foreign Assets

What happens to my business assets?

If you are a business owner or shareholder in a private company, it’s important to consider how you want to pass your interests on. When you draft your Will, you should also address issues such as:

  • Shareholder or partnership options
  • Changing the articles of association for the company to enable the terms of your Will to be implemented
  • Introducing new partners or shareholders from within your family (possibly with different share classes or using a trust to hold their shares or interest).

See Business Property Relief and Agricultural Property Relief. You may want to avail of our Gold Service or our Platinum Services.

When you make a Will you should also consider making an Enduring Power of Attorney in case you lose mental capacity either through accident or illness in later life. You can appoint an attorney to make decisions on your behalf about your finances. You have to make an Enduring Power of Attorney when you have mental capacity (you can’t make it after you lose mental capacity) so making an Enduring Power of Attorney when you are making your Will makes sense.  See Enduring Powers of Attorney

What Does it Cost

Our Silver Service is suitable for most of the Wills we make.

  • With our Silver Service you receive:-
  • A draft Will based on your instructions – you’ll be able to check you’re happy with it before we send out the final copy;
  • Helpline phone support from our expert team;
  • A bound Will ready for signing – along with detailed easy to follow instructions on how to sign;

Our Silver Service does not include advice (other than the general advice contained in the link notes provided) on:-

Our Gold Service is for those requiring advice on these and more complex matters.  Our Platinum Service is inheritance tax, asset protection and succession planning for those with substantial Inheritance Tax at risk assets or business or farm succession issues.

We offer Silver, Gold & Platinum Services so that there is a service and cost level that suits each of our clients. Our pricing structure starts with our Online Silver Service costs at £180 (inclusive of VAT) for a straightforward single Will and £264 (inclusive of VAT) for a ‘mirror’ Will for married or civil partnership couples where payment is made after you complete your questionnaire. The questionnaire process details the range of pricing options.

Once we receive your completed questionnaire & payment we will review your responses and advise you if we think another service level would be more appropriate. If that service level is at a greater cost than the one you have opted for if you do not want to proceed with that higher service level we will refund you what you have paid.

Circumstances change and people often need to amend their Wills. You can make as many changes as you wish. Just let us know and we’ll advise you at the time of the cost per change.

The Online Wills questionnaire will take around 15-20 minutes. Once you’ve completed the online questionnaire process we will send you a draft within 5 working days.

Yes we will store your original Will free of charge in our dedicated storage facility and provide you with a copy (in a copy Will envelope) and an electronic pdf copy for your records.

  • Wilson Nesbitt is a leading Northern Ireland law firm with considerable expertise in the area of Wills and estates. We’ve helped thousands of clients prepare Wills and plan their estate to make sure it’s in line with their wishes.
  • We pride ourselves on providing clear advice in plain language. With your Will you’ll receive a guide on the signing process
  • Our team is always on hand to discuss any questions you might have

Partners Gilbert Nesbitt & Lenore Rice are long standing members of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Wilson Nesbitt is recognised in leading UK legal law firm guides including the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.