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About Maplebrook Wills

After spending over 30 years in the medical device industry, I decided to venture into the world of Estate Planning, an after-dinner conversation with friends drove this. 
It became apparent that out of the 12 people that sat around the table only 2 had actually written a Will, most of us had thought about it but not actually taken the time to complete it. So with time on my hands, I started to research Will Writing and Estate Planning and discovered that over 27 million adults in the UK did not have a Will. 
What was more concerning was the amount of Inheritance Tax that HMRC had received from estates in the UK, in excess of £5Billion. A large amount of which could probably have been legally avoided with professional support and guidance.
It is now over 12 months since I spoke to my first clients and I have so far clocked up over 200 hours of learning and become part of one of the fastest-growing franchise in England, Maplebrook Wills, we are professionally trained and focus in each of our local communities. 
The franchise is part of the Institue of Professional Willwriters and adheres to its strict guidelines. We are usually more competitive than a high street solicitor and all documents produced are compliant with all Government guidlines.
So if you have thought about writing a Will or Power of Attorney, or considered your inheritance tax liability and care provision, please give me a call, I offer free home consultations (covid restrictions allowing) or video calls, it is never too early but can be too late.
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.