Clough & Willis Solicitors, Commercial and private legal services UK

Wills and Estate Planning

Your Will is one of the most important documents you will ever make.  It is the only method of ensuring that your wishes are carried out on your death.

In preparing your Will we will tailor it to meet your individual requirements.  No two Wills are the same, just as no two people are the same.

A Will provides certainty and peace of mind.  It is the only way of leaving specific and cash gifts to your friends and family.  It is important that someone knows where your Will is stored so that it does not become a Lost Will with the risk your wishes are ignored.   

If you die without a Will, complex rules (known as the intestacy rules) will govern how your estate is dealt with on your death. This could mean that the people you want to inherit do not benefit from your estate.  For example:


  • Your spouse may not inherit the whole of your estate and may have to share your property and assets with more distant relatives 
  • The law does not recognise the concept of a "common law spouse”, so co-habitees are not automatically entitled under the intestacy rules 
  • The intestacy rules do not include or extend to step-children
  • Your friends cannot inherit your estate without being included in your Will, even if you have no other living could even pass to the government! 


Any one of our specialist solicitors, will take your instructions, draft your Will and help you execute it correctly.  There are no hidden costs and we will be able to confirm what our fixed fee will be at the initial meeting.

Inheritance Tax

Because of its complex nature it is important to address inheritance tax issues before they become a problem for a deceased's  estate.  With the right advance planning tax issues on death can be avoided, giving your family and friends  the freedom to receive their inheritance without any nasty surprises.

We can discuss with you any potential tax charges that may fall due on your estate and how it can be reduced, either in conjunction with making your Will or as separate specialist advice.  Sally and Howard are qualified Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP) and all of our Solicitors are members of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Planning for Your Future

In addition to the above, we can also advise on:

  • Powers of Attorney    
  • Putting property into trust during your lifetime
  • Concerns about care fees
  • Making a gift of your property
  • Equity Release    
  • Protecting assets through the use of a Will

For more information on how Clough & Willis can help contact a member of the Private Client Team by telephone on 0800 083 0815 or by email at Sally Cook,, Karen Yates; Rebecca Green,, Howard Burns; or

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