About Maplebrook Wills
Would my husband/wife inherit everything if I don’t have a Will?
It’s not true that your spouse would inherit everything if you don’t have a Will. Your spouse or civil partner would inherit the first £270,000. If your estate is worth more than £270,000, the excess amount is split 50/50 – your spouse would get half of the excess and the other half would go to your children. Each child would inherit an equal share, which may not be what you want.
I’m in a civil partnership – do I need a Will?
Civil partners are treated the same as married couples as far as inheritance is concerned. Your civil partner would inherit the first £270,000 of your estate, with any excess being split 50/50 between the civil partner on the one hand and children if you don’t have a Will.
Do I need a Will to leave money to stepchildren?
Yes. Stepchildren aren’t recognised under the laws of intestacy so they wouldn’t benefit from your estate if you don’t have a Will.
I’m getting married - should I wait before writing a Will?
There’s no need. You can make a Will now that will remain in force after the ceremony. The sooner you make a Will, the better, because you never know what’s around the corner. If you’re planning on getting married, you’ll probably want your spouse to benefit if anything unfortunate happened to you before you got hitched.
Can I ensure that children from a previous relationship are provided for?
Yes. The risk of not planning properly is that your new partner could fall out with your children after your death. We can help you ensure this doesn’t happen by talking you through the suitable legacy-planning options.