The Importance of Having a Professionally Written Will

As of 2024, it’s estimated that over 61% of adults within Britain (approx. 30 million people) do not currently have a Will. As a result, when they die, their estate will be divided according to the Rules of Intestacy which may divide their estate in a way which they would not have chosen themselves.

A well-constructed Will is more than just a legal document; it’s a safeguard for your family’s future. It helps to ensure that your wishes regarding your “estate”, such as assets or belongings are adhered to after you’re gone. Should you have any dependents, you can also declare your wishes as to how they will be looked after, such as by appointing a legal guardian.

Proper estate planning and professional guidance also enables you to maximise efficiency and minimise any tax burdens on your heirs, ensuring more of your estate goes to your loved ones.

Whilst you can create a Will yourself for simple arrangements, it can prove to be a false economy if not completed correctly. In contrast, a professionally written Will ensures legal validity, minimises the risk of important considerations being overlooked, and provides robust declarations of your wishes which can aid in any disputes.

Types of Will

Our team of solicitors at both our London and Cambridge offices are experienced in creating a wide range of Wills and will be happy to discuss those which are best suited to your needs.

Common Wills include:

  • Simple Wills:

    • A straightforward Will that leaves assets to your spouse, children, or other beneficiaries.
    • Commonly used for basic estate planning.
    • Prices from: £720 (inclusive of VAT)
  • Mirror Wills:

    • Two nearly identical Wills created by a couple (married or in a civil partnership).
    • Both partners express similar wishes regarding their estate distribution.
    • Prices from: £1,200 (inclusive of VAT)
  • Trust Wills:

    • Include trusts within the Will.
    • Trusts can manage assets for beneficiaries, especially minors or those with special needs.
    • Useful for controlling how assets are distributed over time.

We offer a five working day turnaround, from receiving full instructions and payment to producing a draft Will for your consideration all backed by our service level guarantee.

At Culver Law, we believe there is no such thing as a simple or easy Will. Just like people’s lives are not simple and easy neither should your Will.

The contents of your Will take deliberate thought and preparation and to help you get this process started please download our guide entitled what to consider when you make a Will.

To move forward with your Will, please fill in our online form and we will send you a quote for the same.

Complex Wills, and Estate Planning for HNW Individuals with High Value Assets

Complex Wills, and estates of high net worth individuals require additional considerations and often present their own set of unique challenges. This is an area we have a great deal of expertise in. You might fall into this category if:

  • Your estate value exceeds £1 million

  • Either you or your spouse have children from a previous marriage (sometimes referred to as a “Blended family”)

  • You have international assets or were born outside of the UK

  • You are the beneficiary of a trust

  • You are a business owner or joint partner of a business

  • You have made sizable gifts (over £3,000 in any tax year) to Individuals or Trusts

  • You require “property protection” (Life Interest Trust) to allow your spouse or partner to continue living in your property whilst protecting your share for specific beneficiaries (e.g. your children)

Why Choose Culver Law for Your Will Creation?

  • Our solicitors are full members of STEP (The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) and the Association of Lifetime Lawyerswhich means that they are some of the most qualified solicitors in the UK

  • Our solicitors have experience of a wide range of issues including vulnerable beneficiaries (such as those living with dementia), understand the added complexities, and are adept at handling and supporting such clients with patience and respect.

  • Home visits can be arranged if those are more convenient (costs for time and travel can be provided in advance)

  • Our solicitors are friendly and approachable and aim to build meaningful, long-term relationships with our client so that we can support them throughout their lives.

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Specialist Support for Deaf or Audibly Impaired Individuals

Culver Law is a law firm who has a genuine interest in supporting the deaf community and strongly believes that legal services should be accessible to all people, not just those who can hear. As a result:

  • All our staff have had (or are in the process of receiving) Deaf Awareness Training

  • Signly is included on our website to aid accessibility for BSL users

  • SignVideo is available for telephone calls and meetings to ensure that the clients have access to the very best BSL interpreters if required

  • Amy Wallhead, the lead solicitor responsible for wills, is currently studying Signature Level 3 Certificate in BSL and has been an active participant in her local deaf community for the past few years

Meet the Team

Michael Culver

London Office

44 Southampton Buildings, London. WC2A 1AP

Michael Culver

As the founder and Managing Director of Culver Law Ltd, Michael provides specialist legal advice and services for private clients, especially in the areas of Court of Protection, Wills, Estate Administration, Trusts, LPAs and tax planning. He is also the Chairman of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), a national organisation of lawyers who advocate for the rights and interests of older and vulnerable people. Michael is passionate about delivering high-quality and ethical legal services that protect and empower my clients and their families.

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Amy Wallhead

Cambridge Office

9 Hills Road, Cambridge. Cambridgeshire. CB2 1GE

Amy Wallhead

Amy joined Culver Law as a partner in March 2023. She advises on all aspects of non-contentious Private Client work including Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Probate and specialises in advising older and vulnerable clients.

Amy has a particular interest in understanding dementia and related illnesses which she uses to assist her clients to be involved in decisions relating to their affairs for as long as they are able. Amy is a Dementia Friends Ambassador and regularly provides training sessions to colleagues and contacts to help them to better understand their clients’ needs.

Amy has started to learn British Sign Language. She has just completed her Signature Level 2 Certificate and is looking forward to starting Level 3 shortly. Prior to joining Culver Law, Amy was listed as a Rising Star Lawyer in Legal 500.

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