Making a will is one of the most important duties you will ever perform. Having a valid will allows you to make provision for your family, appoint executors to carry out your wishes, and provide for specific wishes including gifts to friends, relatives and charities.
If you choose not to make a will, your estate will ultimately be divided as the law provides, which may not be in the way you would have chosen.
How we can help
Making a will at Hatch Brenner couldn’t be simpler. We will arrange an appointment for you to see one of our experienced solicitors to discuss your circumstances and requirements or you can complete our Will Questionnaire available online or by post.
We will discuss with you the following issues:
- The appointment of Executors and Guardians
- Any gifts of specific items
- If you wish to leave legacies to family members, friends or charity
- What is to happen to the balance of your estate
- Whether there is a need or benefit to including a trust arrangement
- Any tax consequences
- If there is anything that can be done to safeguard the estate against payment of care fees
Once we have received your instructions we will prepare a draft will for you to consider and approve before completing the process by making sure the will is properly signed. We offer a free storage service for all wills we have prepared.
Most of our wills are prepared on a Fixed Fee basis so you know at the outset exactly what the costs will be.
We can also arrange home visits for a small additional cost if you are unable to attend our office in Theatre Street Norwich.
You will find our Will Questionnaire at the link below. It provides useful prompts as to the information we will need to discuss with you before drafting your will. The editable version can be completed electronically and submitted via email or, if you wish, you can print it off the non-editable version to complete and post in or bring with you to your appointment.
The solicitors in our Wills, Tax & Probate team have extensive experience in the preparation of wills for all requirements. As full members of the Society for Estate Practitioners ("STEP"), we follow their STEP Will Code for the preparation of wills. For an explanation of what the Code means for clients, please click to view their useful STEP Will Code: Guide for the Public.
In addition, Caroline Billings is a member of the Solicitors for the Elderly group.Download PDF:
Hatch Brenner Will Instruction Questionnaire Editable Download PDF:
Hatch Brenner Will Instruction Questionnaire < Back to Wills, Tax and Probate
‘The making of wills is a complicated and personal matter, more so when like ours there are family issues, but we were put at ease straight away and our wishes and thoughts regarding our wills were dealt with sympathetically and very efficiently. We will, if we need to use solicitors again, use Hatch Brenner. Thank you.’
‘We found the service to be most helpful and informative from our very first call to the firm and it was the follow up phone call which had just the right tone that persuaded us to give our business to Hatch Brenner. We consulted the firm about revising our Wills and we were delighted with the excellent support which we received from Caroline Billings. She was friendly, approachable, gave very clear explanations and communicated most promptly and informatively at all times. We would highly recommend using Caroline and Hatch Brenner.’
Please contact one of the team to discuss your specific requirements.