Reviews & FAQs
A Will is a legal document that ensures that your stuff goes where you want it to when you die. Having a will means your entire life’s efforts and hard-earned savings first and foremost benefit the people you love, rather than anyone else.
Yes, we come to you. We’ll call at a time that suits you, whether that’s during the day, in the evening or weekends. We believe in meeting people face to face, and our customers prefer it too. It avoids you having to sit in a stuffy office under fluorescent lights, drinking machine-brewed coffee from a paper cup!
Our Wills are a fraction of the price of those sold on the high-street, where typical charges can run into several hundred of pounds.
Our fees are fixed, for example £48 inc VAT for a codicil (Will amendment), simple Single Will £246 inc VAT or simple Mirrored Will £420 inc VAT for a couple.
Of course you can finder cheaper prices elsewhere, however we pride ourselves on the value of service we provide. This is reflected by our positive reviews, see ‘Reviews’ page on this site.
Our first home visit takes around an hour, during which we’ll gather all the relevant information and discuss your particular circumstances. We then go away and draw up the documents, returning no more than two weeks later for you to sign them in the presence of witnesses. In total, the whole process should take no more than two hours of your time.
For a basic Will, we don’t actually need to see anything. However, proof of identification like a passport, driving licence or birth certificate is helpful.
You can. We recommend storing it in a safe place, along with any other legal or official documents you might have. However, it’s important that you tell everyone mentioned in the Will – your partner, children and relatives – where it is. And it’s probably best not to lock it away, in case the key is lost. For your piece of mind, we can also arrange to store Wills. The benefit of storing your Will through us is that we’ll remember the narrative and can provide FREE probate advice and guidance.
When a death occurs, we offer FREE help and guidance on the administration of your estate. Currently, we offer estate administration services through our partners – probate being the name commonly used for this legal process. However, we have excellent relationships with numerous probate providers. Simply contact us if you need a recommendation.
An Executor is the person who carries out the instructions in your Will, such as selling your property and ensuring that the correct amount of tax is paid on your estate. On your death, the Executor must apply for probate to get legal permission to administer your estate. You name Executors in your Will, and they can be among the beneficiaries. You can have up to four Executors, which can be useful if you want different people for different tasks, such as family matters and sorting out taxes.
If you don’t want them to, you can write a Will so they get nothing. That’s assuming you’re divorced and you have a decree absolute – the legal document – to prove it.
Possibly not, if you don’t have a Will. When someone dies without a will, it’s known as dying intestate. If you die intestate, your married or civil partner gets the first £270,000 of your estate. They also get half of the remainder, if there is any. Children get a share of what’s left, divided equally between them. If you have a Will, on the other hand, you can give your children exactly what you want them to have.
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a set of documents that legally allows other people to help you if you can no longer make decisions for yourself. It sometimes happens when people get older. They’re no longer able or willing to pay the electricity bill or get cash out of the bank. The person who has the legal authority to make such decisions – accessing a bank account, for example – is known as an attorney. The term attorney in this instance has nothing to do with solicitors.
A Trust is the legal owner of assets, and it’s something you can have in your Will. It ensures that tax inspectors or ex-partners are unable to get hold of your assets because you don’t own them – the Trust does. It’s like having a company own your house rather than you. But rather than a board of directors making decisions, the Trust is controlled by the trustees.
You can choose anyone you like. Or rather, anyone you’re confident you’ll be able to rely on to carry out your wishes when you’re no longer around. Typically, trustees are family members or close friends.
Caring and detailed approach made this easy
The thought of death and the impact it has on our loved ones is not something that is easily discussed. My wife, in particular, refuses to engage in these discussions and does not like to even think about it (out of sight out of mind). I understand from Simon that this is quite common and is one of the reasons why so many people do not have a will. He clearly explained the various options available and quickly identified the most appropriate solution for me so that I could present it to my wife. As expected, her reaction was to put it off though Simon’s friendly approach made the process easy and his manner of questioning made it an enjoyable experience for both of us. When I compare the quality of his work with the quality of the will we previously had written by a solicitor I have never been so impressed. I would highly recommend Simon Hall whose caring and detailed approach made this easy.
We felt very much at ease
My husband and I were absolutely delighted with the service we received from Simon Hall. Everything was explained extremely thoroughly and Simon ensured that we felt very much at ease. As making a will is a sensitive nature, Simon made us feel very comfortable and listened in great length to what we were discussing. We didn’t feel hurried in any way. Simon’s timekeeping was exceptional and when our appointment was made there was a follow up as a courtesy to confirm the date and time of attendance. We would definitely not have any hesitation in recommending Simon Hall.
Simon allowed us to take our time and make the right decisions for us
Simon provided excellent advice and guidance through the will drafting process. Conversations that can often be difficult were made easy with no pressure to make quick decisions. We had been meaning to sort our wills for sometime and Simon allowed us to take our time and make the right decisions for us. We would highly recommend Simon and will be using him again in the future should any adjustments be needed. Thank you Simon.