Definition of Wills


By definition, a "Simple Will" is a Will that leaves the person's entire estate to their spouse or to their children, equally, without a trust. In other words, wording such as "to my spouse or if my spouse fails to survive me to my children, equally" is a "Simple Will".

What is a Simple Will?

Our specialists also work with families with more complex needs and regularly create tailored Wills for people with specific requirements around their business, family or property situation.

Typically a 'Simple Will' will work for you if:

  • you have a spouse or partner and your entire estate is left to them
  • you have no spouse or partner and your entire estate is left to your children in equal shares
  • you do not have a spouse, partner or children and your entire estate is left to another individual or organisation, or a group of individuals or organisations in equal shares
  • you would like to leave a legacy to a charity
  • the value of your estate does not exceed £325,000

The cost of making a Simple Will is just £100 + VAT.

What is a Simple Mirror Will?

A 'Mirror Will' is where each partner agrees to distribute his or her estate (except for special gifts) to their surviving spouse/partner. If the surviving spouse/partner dies or you and your spouse/partner die together then the estate will pass to your children in equal shares. If there are no children, then it will pass to other beneficiaries in equal shares. When a Mirror Will is made, the makers of these Wills acknowledge that the surviving spouse/partner has the right to change his or her Will.

The cost of making a Simple Mirror Will is £150 + VAT.

What stops a Will / Mirror from being a Simple Will?

There are a number of factors that precludes the Will/Mirror Will from being a Simple Will, these include:

  • You are in a second marriage or partnership with possible disagreement over the treatment of your children from previous marriage(s).
  • You have dependents or children that have disabilities and therefore complex instructions are required for their care
  • You have a complex estate that includes multiple properties, businesses, property abroad etc,
  • Your estate at the time of making your Will is worth more than £325,000 or is likely to be worth more than £325,000 at the time of your death (£650,000 if you are a married couple)
  • You want to leave gifts or legacies to more than a few beneficiaries or not in equal shares (i.e. property or cash)
  • You have children that you do not support.
  • You want to disinherit a close family member
  • Appointing a guardian for your children may preclude your Will from being a Simple Will dependent on the complexity of any trusts that need to be arranged.
  • Leaving someone a lifetime interest in your property.

How do I make a Will?

You can either make an individual Will or you can make a Mirror Will with your spouse/partner. A Mirror Will is where each partner agrees to distribute his or her estate (except for special gifts) to their surviving spouse/partner. If the surviving spouse/partner dies or you and your spouse/partner die together then the estate will pass to your children in equal shares or if there is no children to other beneficiaries in equal shares. When a Mirror Will is made, the makers of these Wills acknowledge that the surviving spouse/partner has the right to change his or her Will.

With a Simple Will/Mirror Will the following will apply:

  • If you have a spouse or partner your entire estate is left to them
  • If you have no spouse or partner your enquire estate is left to your children in equal shares
  • If you do not have a spouse, partner or children your entire estate is left to another individual or organisation or a group of individuals or organisations in equal shares.
  • A legacy to a charity can be included in your Simple Will/Mirror Will

If you would like to take the active step of protecting your estate and ensuring an easier process for you or your loved ones, please contact our Wills and Probate department on 01246 266637.

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