Most solicitors who prepare Wills or sort out Probate of an estate are a bit wary of talking about how much it costs to make a Will or administer a Probate.

At Evolve Family Law, the ethos of the firm and solicitors is to be upfront about fees and to publish them in our price guide.

If you need a straightforward Will prepared for you, then the cost will be £300. There are no hidden extras. The price includes VAT.

If you are married and your husband or your wife or civil partner needs an identical Will, then the all-inclusive cost for both Wills is £450.

You may think that a Will is expensive but the reality is that it is not when you compare how much you, your loved ones or your estate could end up spending in legal fees if you or a relative dies without leaving a Will or you need legal advice about claims against estates.

Take the case of John and Marjorie Scarle. The couple passed away at their family home without leaving Wills. It was not possible to say whether Mr or Mrs Scarle died first. Using 1925 legislation the high court ruled that, as Mrs Scarle was the youngest of the couple the presumption was that she died after Mr Scarle. That was important as it meant Mrs Scarle’s daughter from a previous relationship inherited the family home and other assets. Mr Scarle’s daughter inherited nothing. As she was Mrs Scarle’s stepdaughter, she did not inherit under intestacy rules. The stepdaughter reportedly faces paying a legal bill of about £150,000 to cover the costs of challenging the estate.

You may think that the Scarle scenario would never happen in your family but in an age where cohabiting relationships are becomingly increasingly popular, in comparison to marriage , and family dynamics are complicated by the arrival of step children and quasi ‘’aunts and uncles’’ it has never been more important to consider getting a professionally written Will prepared.

Often people think that they can prepare their own Will. After all, how difficult can it be? I guess that it is a bit like asking a Cheshire Wills and probate solicitor to carry out the service on their car or fit a new kitchen. I know that I am not capable of doing those jobs. Preparing a Will that covers your personal situation, reduces the potential for claims to be made against the estate, and minimises inheritance tax is money well spent in the long term.

At Evolve Family Law we believe that whilst none of us want to think about why we need a Will, it is important to ask ‘’how much does it cost to make a Will’’ and to ensure that you get your Will professionally prepared by an experienced Cheshire Private Client solicitor.

What every Wills and Probate solicitor will tell you is that everyone’s personal and financial circumstances are different. That is why it is so important that everyone takes advice, at a transparent cost they understand, so that their Will or lasting power of attorney meets their individual needs.

If you need advice on the preparation of a Will or Power of Attorney or want to review an existing Will or Power of Attorney then please call Chris Strogen on +44 (0) 1477 464020 or email Chris at [email protected].