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Wills are crucial in making sure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes after your death. By letting you determine the future of your money, property and possessions, Wills are a key component to Inheritance Tax planning as well as simplifying inheritance distribution when you pass away.

It is important to ensure your Will is well written and planned correctly; to help you achieve this, we have access to a range of legal service providers who are ready to assist. Whether you need help writing your first Will, want to make amendments to an existing Will or need to get your will reviewed, get in touch with one of our advisers who will be able to support you through the process.

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Why write a will?

Most of us would prefer to pass our wealth on to our families, rather than HMRC. A carefully drafted Will can help you and your beneficiaries appropriately plan for Inheritance Tax, by taking advantage of tax reliefs and ensuring your assets go where you want them to.

A Will allows you to engage in strategic tax planning to minimise the tax burden on your estate. By utilising tools such as Trusts, charitable giving or other Estate Planning strategies, you can potentially reduce the tax liability and ensure that more of your assets pass on to your chosen beneficiaries. If you fail to make a Will, your assets may be divided according to traditional inheritance rules, based on descendance instead of your own preferences. At Lester Brunt, we recognise the importance of Will writing for a range of financial benefits. By referring you to the most suitable Will writing service, we put you in touch with professionals who offer the best compatibility for your individual circumstances.

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The favourable tax treatment of ISAs may not be maintained in the future and is subject to changes in legislation.

Investing in their future:

Less well-known is that children can also have a pension fund as soon as they are born – and setting one up can bring significant tax advantages. Even if your child is a non-taxpayer, they will still get basic-rate tax relief on contributions. That means a maximum of £2,880 a year is automatically grossed up to take account of tax at 25%, giving an annual investment of £3,600

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Reasons to write a Will include:

  • A Will lets you designate a guardian for minor children, ensuring their care aligns with your wishes. 
  • It will make it simple to minimise confusion and conflicts by providing clear instructions on asset distribution. 
  • A Will can provide peace of mind by ensuring your affairs are in order and your family taken care of.  
  • Unmarried couples and couples who have not registered a civil partnership cannot inherit from each other unless there is a Will. Without a Will, the death of one partner may create serious financial problems for the remaining partner and family. 

The Will writing process

We understand that preparing to write a Will can be a daunting process. Our advisers are on hand to talk you through the steps required to write a Will, and to refer you to a suitable service that’s trusted by us at Lester Brunt. 

There are several reasons why you might require a Will writing service, from writing your first Will, to making amendments, or having an existing Will checked and reviewed. These are the steps you can expect for each process: 

Writing your first Will

When you speak to a Will writing service you will be asked to not only detail how you wish your remains to be treated, but also to gather information about your assets and consider who you want as beneficiaries and executors (as well as guardians for minors).  You can also address more complicated arrangements, for example if you have a business or you want to leave money or property to a dependant who cannot care for themselves. 

You will need to specify asset distribution and outline and special requests clearly to avoid any confusion. The Will needs to be formally witnessed and signed by two persons over 18 to make it legally valid.  

Amending a Will

Sometimes even best laid plans need fine tuning, a codicil is used if you need to make alterations that explain, modify or revoke part of your willIf you wish to make meaningful or multiple changes then it is often advisable to draw up a new Will and destroy the old one. We can guide you in this and refer you to a specialist. 

Reviewing a Will

Regular Will reviews can help with Inheritance Tax planning, analysing if there are any updates to be made that will reduce any tax that your beneficiaries may need to pay on inherited assets. 

Whether your Will already takes Inheritance Tax into account, or you want a Will review to find out what changes could be beneficial, our advisers are here to listen to your individual requirements and find you the best service. 

Start planning for the future, today

No matter what stage you’re at in life, writing a Will is an invaluable step towards planning for the future of your assets and finances. At Lester Brunt, our advisers can guide you along the way to getting the right advice on your Will, ensuring your wishes are clearly conveyed in the final document.

The levels and bases of taxation, and reliefs from taxation, can change at any time. The value of any tax relief depends on individual circumstances.

The writing of a Will involves the referral to a service that is separate and distinct to those offered by St. James’s Place.

Wills and trusts are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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