The recent dispute surrounding the division of Aretha Franklin’s multi-million-dollar estate serves as a stark reminder of the critical necessity of having a well-drafted and valid Will in place. It has been reported that found among her possessions were two handwritten notes, each outlining different instructions for the distribution of her estate. This situation has resulted in the start of a complex legal battle questioning the authenticity and validity of these notes, leaving her estate in a state of limbo. You can read the article published by BBC News here:
This recent example of an inheritance dispute highlights the importance of writing a Will, not just for high-net-worth individuals but for everyone.
Why do I need a Will?
A Will, as you may know, is a legal document that clearly states your wishes for how your estate – including property, possessions, and investments – should be distributed after your death. Without this, not only could your final wishes be left unfulfilled, but your loved ones may also need to face unnecessary legal challenges.
Our Will Writing Services
At Bridge McFarland LLP, we understand that drafting a Will can seem like a daunting process that includes complicated legal jargon and technicalities. That is why our highly experienced team of Wills Solicitors provides specialist guidance to each client throughout the process of drafting a Will. We are committed to imparting legal knowledge in a way that is accessible and easy to comprehend. Our team will ensure that your estate and Will are structured in the most effective way for you, guaranteeing clarity throughout the process.
Our service does not stop at the creation of the Will. We also store your Wills securely, keeping them safe from damage, loss, and unauthorised access. We do not charge an ongoing fee to do this. It is simply part of our commitment to providing peace of mind for our clients.
Protecting your family’s future starts with creating a Will. It ensures that your wealth and assets are distributed according to your wishes. But it is not just about money and property. Writing a Will can also provide clarity and direction for your loved ones during an emotionally challenging time, minimising disputes and allowing them to focus on remembering and honouring your life instead of navigating the complexities of probate courts.
Speak to our Wills Solicitors
With offices across Lincolnshire, including Lincoln, Hull, Louth, Market Rasen and Grimsby, we will carefully consider your personal circumstances to provide a comprehensive and tax-efficient structure, protecting your beneficiaries against the impact of inheritance tax. The team at Bridge McFarland LLP will help you understand the process, making you feel at ease.