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A Will is a legal document that sets out how your assets should be distributed when you die

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A Will, sometimes called a “Last Will and Testament”, is an important legal document which sets out how your estate should be distributed when you pass away.

It is a good idea for everyone to have a Will even if they are young, think their circumstances are straight forward, or they don’t have a large enough estate to warrant having one.

Whilst many people will simply require a standard Will or mirror Wills if implementing Wills with a spouse or partner, there are other types of Wills which may be more suited to your personal circumstances. Our team will help you decide on which type of Will works best for your needs.

Changes in your circumstance can happen quickly, which is why making sure you have a current Will in place results in your estate being dealt with in accordance with your wishes. That includes changes in your relationships – find out more about estate planning during a divorce here.

What happens if I don’t make a Will?

Dying without a Will is known as dying “intestate”, which in short means you have no control over who inherits from you. There are legal rules (the Rules of Intestacy) which determine how your estate is to be distributed if there is no Will, but these rules are arbitrarily applied without taking your wishes into account: someone could receive a part or the whole of your estate who you would not wish to benefit. And your loved ones may find it more stressful, time consuming and costly to deal with your estate.

The Power of Five

If you are unmarried but living with a partner, that person will not inherit any part of your estate unless provision has been made for that person in your Will. It does not matter how long you have been in a relationship with that person. There is no such thing as a “common law wife” or “common law husband” – we work closely with our expert colleagues in our Family Law division and together we can advise you appropriately as to your situation. 

A Will is the only way of making sure that your estate is shared according to your wishes after you die.

To make a Will or to update an existing Will, please contact our Wealth Protection team on 03333 058375 or email WealthProtection@psg-law.co.uk

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Meet the Team

  • Laura Bywater

    Partner, Head of Wealth Protection

    Laura Bywater

    t:07939 121341

    e: laura.bywater@psg-law.co.uk

  • Gareth Williams

    Partner, Court of Protection & Wealth Protection

    Gareth Williams

    t:07497 839796

    e: gareth.williams@psg-law.co.uk

  • Nina Sperring

    Partner, Wealth Protection

    Nina Sperring

    t:07301 218133

    e: nina.sperring@psg-law.co.uk

  • Gail Galloway

    Senior Associate, Wealth Protection

    Gail Galloway

    t:07399 781788

    e: gail.galloway@psg-law.co.uk

  • Lydia Palmer

    Legal Assistant, Wealth Protection

    Lydia Palmer

    t:07399 565976

    e: lydia.palmer@psg-law.co.uk

  • Marie Fletcher

    Legal Assistant, Wealth Protection

    Marie Fletcher

    t:07399 803662

    e: marie.fletcher@psg-law.co.uk

  • Suzanna Warburton

    Paralegal. Wealth Protection

    Suzanna Warburton

    t:07946 579067

    e: suzanna.warburton@psg-law.co.uk

  • Alexandra Hales

    Paralegal, Court of Protection & Wealth Protection

    Alexandra Hales

    t:07957 958134

    e: alexandra.hales@psg-law.co.uk

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  • “Gail is my solicitor and has helped me in every stage of my husband’s estate. Because I can no longer write she has simplified things for me and is very approachable whenever I ring, and doesn’t make me feel stupid when I ask stupid questions!” Margaret Borthwick


  • "Very personable and friendly, technically very strong and very ethical and client focused." Legal 500


  • "Gareth Williams, can give advice to HNW individuals with complex planning needs and also acts as a professional deputy for individuals who have been awarded significant personal injury and medical negligence claims, technically very strong and has a great understanding of the needs of the client and how to provide the appropriate solutions and service." Legal 500


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