Local Will Writing Service

We provide a complete range of end of life planning solutions, enabling you to protect your wishes & hard earned assets, for those you love.

These include will writing, property trusts, lasting powers of attorney, funeral plans and a probate support service.

Qualified Will Writers

1st Choice Wills & Probate are members of the Institute of Paralegals. This means in addition to being qualified to write wills, powers of attorney, property trusts and other legal documents you can expect to receive a professional and caring service. The video below highlights the benefits of using a Paralegal as an alternative to a will writing solicitor.

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We have standards to maintain in order to remain members of the profession. A badge at the foot of this page verifies our membership of the Professional Paralegal Register (PPR).

Legal Writing Services

1st Choice Wills & Probate are a legal writing service in Bolton, serving clients, in person, throughout Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire. We now provide “contactless” legal writing services LOCALLY and NATIONALLY. Our high quality, low cost legal writing solutions are provided on a fixed fee basis. This makes wills, trusts and lasting powers of attorney affordable and accessible. We are available for enquiries, phone consultations and online chat support during weekdays, evenings and weekends. These done for you services, delivered to your door, means anyone can easily get their will or other legal documents written.

Our flexible and accessible services combined with fair fixed pricing, differentiates us from many will writers and will writing solicitors in Bolton, Greater Manchester and beyond. A FREE phone based consultation is available to you under no obligation. If you have any questions or would like to book our services please get in touch.

Why make a Will?

Most of us don’t like to think about passing away. It’s practically a taboo subject. Therefore many of us put off making a will, and any related provisions, for our loved ones. It has been estimated that over 60% of the population fail to make a will. Paradoxically we like to assume that we leave a legacy behind. However one cannot exist without the other. 

Wills Protect Your Legacy

Without a will, you do not decide who inherits what. As a result, you die intestate which means that the law decides for you. Many people assume that their partner or spouse will automatically inherit their estate. However, this is not necessarily the case. See CELEBRITY CASES.

Planning for the inevitable is the only way to ensure your wishes are met. A professionally constructed will, along with estate planning, can also help protect your assets for the benefit of those you love. Don’t delay, contact us about our will writing service, or for a FREE no obligation chat.

Will Writing Key Features

Will Writing in 3 Steps

We identify your needs

We draft your will

You sign

Services

Will Writing

Your appointment is made at a time to suit you. It can be conducted remotely over the phone or by video call. If necessary it can take place in the comfort of your home with COVID safe protocols in place. There is no need to take time off work or make special journeys. The meeting is usually complete within an hour. We use the information you provide to draft your will. Once written, it can be posted to you or hand delivered ready for signing and witnessing. Our will writer can oversee this stage with you or we can advise you on the process. Following the procedure ensures you are legally compliant which protects your will from being contested. We also offer a secure will storage solution, which safeguards your will from loss, damage or theft. Your will is then registered with the National Will Register. Most importantly this means that your executors will always be able to locate your original will. Copies are provided for you and your executors.

Property Trusts

Trusts can enable you to pass ownership of your property to loved ones, such as your children, without giving up your right to carry on living there. Should you need residential care in the future, the property would no longer be included in the local authority’s means test because it is not legally yours. This ensures that your hard earned asset remains in your family. The trust needs to be set up when you are fit and well, long before any sign of care is needed. We can discuss this with you anytime or when you are getting your will drafted.

Probate Support

In order to legally administer a will of someone who has passed away the executor(s) need to apply for probate. It is imperative that the executor(s) follows the process to the letter. Failure to do so renders the executor(s) liable, for life, for any debts or claims made against the deceased after the estate has been distributed. In order to mitigate this risk we provide a support service to enable you to apply for a grant of probate. Our charges are less than that of a solicitor, saving you money and stress at an already difficult time. We are qualified to provide this service and carry full indemnity insurance, giving you complete peace of mind. For further information or a quote please contact us.

Power of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney enables one or more people you nominate to handle your affairs if you become unable to do so. This could be due to an accident or illness. Your spouse or next of kin do not automatically have the authority to act on your behalf. This is what an LPA enables them to do. Tackling this after the fact is a much slower and more expensive process. Should you recover, you resume control and make your own decisions. There are two types one covering health and welfare and the other covering property and financial affairs. Please contact us for further information or a quote.

Funeral Plans

The average cost of a Funeral today is between £5000 – £6000 and you could be leaving the burden of that cost with your loved ones. Every year this cost keeps rising, well above inflation. If you do not have a plan in place the Funeral you end up with may not be the one you would have wanted. Arranging a Funeral Plan means you can choose the service that you want, the people you would like to be there, even the music and style of send off that you would want. Pre-paid Funeral Plans are available from under £1000 up to £4000. There is also a self funding plan which can return your full premium (Effectively FREE). Click here for details then contact us to get your exclusive code to secure any of these plans along with a Free will.

What Clients Say

Professional

Excellent service. Anthony was very professional and explained everything in easy to understand terms. He managed to meet all my expectations and produced a quality will, and even arranged to oversee the signing.
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Brian Padgett

Great Value

We asked Anthony to set up powers of attorney for us and update our wills. However, he also showed us how to protect our property and put it into a trust.​
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Patsy Allen

Excellent

I asked Anthony to prepare my will, he did so in a very professional manor. Extremely punctual, polite and very helpful. I would not hesitate to call on him again for further advice...outstanding service.​
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John Grant

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Famous faces who died without leaving a will.

Prince

Prince no will

When Prince passed away without leaving a will, he joined a long list of people who made the same mistake.

From a TV presenter to a singer and a comedian, we reveal the Brits who fell into the common trap of not thinking about a will before it was too late.

Jill Dando

Jill Dando no will

TV presenter Jill Dando was murdered in 1999. She was 37 and had no will, so despite the fact she was due to get married later that year, her partner did not inherit any of her £1.18 million estate. Instead it passed to her father (who was in his 80s) – under the rules of intestacy.

Rik Mayall

Rik Mayall no will

Comedian Rik Mayall died without making a will in 2014. He was only 56, and so may have thought he didn’t need to rush to make one.

His estate was divided according to the rules of intestacy, so his wife received the first £250,000 from his estate, and half of the rest automatically passed to his children. This may not have been exactly what he wanted, especially as it triggered a large inheritance tax bill on his £1.2 million estate.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse no will

When singer Amy Winehouse passed away in 2011 she was only 27, so had unsurprisingly not got around to making a will. As a result, her £3 million fortune passed to her parents, so that ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil received nothing from her estate.

Roger Lloyd Pack

Roger Lloyd Pack no will

The actor best known for playing Trigger in Only Fools and Horses had a fortune of £1.4 million when he died at the age of 69 in 2014. Unfortunately, he failed to leave a will, so the estate was divided according to the rules, and triggered a major tax bill for his widow and children.

Intestate.

Often it’s entirely understandable why people don’t leave a will – especially when they are young and have no reason to suspect they will die any time soon. However, regardless of how easy it is to make this mistake – the repercussions remain horrible for loved ones left behind.

If you die without a will, your wishes will not be taken into consideration, so your estate will be divided according to very specific rules. If there are no children, your spouse receives everything.

If there are children or grandchildren, the first £250,000 of your estate goes to your spouse or civil partner, along with all of your personal belongings and half of the remaining estate. The other half is divided equally among the children – who receive it at the age of 18. If the children have died, but there are grandchildren, then the grandchildren take an equal share.

If you are not married or in a civil partnership, your partner will receive nothing. If you are divorced, your partner will also get nothing.

If there is no spouse or civil partner, children, grandchildren or great grandchildren, then parents, brothers, sisters and nieces and nephews may inherit.

Aside from not being able to choose beneficiaries, there are other problems with relying on this system, because you cannot choose your own executor, and you cannot mitigate the tax, so your family will lose a large chunk of your estate.

Andrew Wilkinson, partner and will dispute specialist at Shakespeare Martineau says: “Relying on intestacy provisions [when you do not have a will] can be extremely risky and could end up costing your loved ones dearly.”

“As the effect of the intestacy provisions depends on the value of your estate, they can result in assets ending up with unintended beneficiaries. As family structures are now more complex than ever, ensuring your estate is administered as you wish, is crucial. To ensure your estate is distributed as intended, creating a will safeguards your wishes.”

Source: AOL

Sarah Coles April 28th 2016 1.00PM

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