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Making A Will

Making a Will need not be complicated or stressful – no matter how complex your financial affairs or family relationships.

By making a Will, you decide:

  • Who will administer your estate.
  • Who will be the Guardians of your minor children.
  • Your funeral wishes.
  • Who will benefit from your estate and at what age.
  • Whether to include protection for vulnerable beneficiaries.
  • What tax will be payable on your estate, and by whom.

Wills are very important documents, so it makes sense to get expert help to draft your Will. Find out more by contacting one of our team or read on below for more information about our services.

Why choose Tollers?

We have experts able to see you in Corby, Kempston, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Oakham and Stevenage. We can also visit you at home for a small additional fee (dependent on location).

Clients will often arrive at Tollers concerned about the complexity of their requirements or with issues within the family unit that they are struggling to resolve. Rest assured that we are experienced in dealing with a wide range of family set ups and will listen to you in confidence and without judgement.

Tollers are experienced in assisting clients of all ages and understand the need for sensitivity around what can be a very emotive topic. Our specialists are trained to recognise where clients may require additional assistance with the process, for example where there are issues around memory or capacity.

When using Tollers you can do so safe in the knowledge that your Will remains completely confidential to you until your death and then will only be released to your chosen Executors and only upon production of a valid Death Certificate and Identification.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Help with the process

If you instruct Tollers to draw up your Will we will:

  • Provide you with a dedicated member of our team to oversee your matter from start to finish.
  • Meet with you to discuss your needs and wishes (where this is not possible or convenient this can sometimes be through some form of video call).
  • Take a detailed account of your circumstances, both in terms of family and finances.
  • Offer tailored advice to your individual circumstances.
  • Make recommendations to you about the best way to protect your assets and pass them on to future generations.
  • Highlight to you any potential problems with your proposed distribution of the estate.
  • Suggest solutions where problems are identified and talk you through the positives and negatives of each option.
  • Advise you if you are likely to have a liability to Inheritance Tax, in which case you will have the option to take advantage of our Tax planning service.
  • Advise you regarding any potential claims against your estate and how to mitigate them.
  • Send you a draft Will with a detailed letter explaining the different provisions and why they have been included.
  • Liaise with you to make such amendments as you ask until you are happy with the draft.
  • Arrange and oversee the signing of your Will providing our own witnesses (if witnesses are required to attend your home there will be a small additional charge).
  • Send a copy of your Will to you for your records.
  • Store you original Will in our secure storage.

All of the above comes as standard with Tollers and will usually be on a fixed fee basis. Where your matter is more complex, for example because of Tax planning or because we have recommended the use of Trusts, we will confirm the likely additional costs to you before proceeding. You will usually be allocated to a member of the team based on your location and the complexity of the estate in question but if you have a specific preference then please let us know when you get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Although you will have a dedicated specialist responsible for your matter they will be assisted by more junior members of the team.

Talk to Tollers

To find out more information on how Tollers can help you to draft your will, please contact a member of our team or fill out the contact form below.

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Our Making A Will Experts

Kasia Jeziorska
Solicitor
Kasia Jeziorska qualified as a Solicitor in Trust and Estates in May 2019 having graduated from University of Northampton and completing a Legal Practice Course at University of Law.
Jade Atkins
Paralegal
Jade is a paralegal for the Corby Trusts and Estates Team. She is responsible for the administration and drafting of documents.
Jodie Clare
Trainee Solicitor
Jodie joined Tollers in August 2023 as a Paralegal and then as a Trainee Solicitor in September 2023 under the Graduate Apprentice Route.
Joanne Axisa
Associate Legal Executive
Joanne has been part of the Tollers Trusts and Estates team and is based primarily in the Northampton Office. She deals with Wills, Powers of Attorney, Estate Administration and the creation and administration of Trusts.
Michelle Gladwin
Paralegal
She then joined Tollers in April 2014 and was one of our founder members of staff in our first Stevenage Old Town office. Michelle now works as a paralegal, assisting and working alongside the two partners in our Trusts and Estates South team.
Leighanne Haskell
Paralegal
Leighanne is a paralegal working within the Trusts and Estates team, assisting James Willoughby with Estate Administration matters.
Beth Albon
Senior Paralegal
Beth started her legal career as an Apprentice in 2017. She joined Tollers in August 2022 and was promoted to a Senior Paralegal in April 2023.
Alison Taylor
Senior Paralegal
Alison joined Tollers in 2021 as a Paralegal. She now works as a Senior Paralegal and junior fee earner within the Trusts and Estates department.
Patrick Allen
Paralegal
Patrick joined Tollers in May 2022 as a Paralegal working in the Trusts and Estates department. He is also part of the Tollers CSR committee.
Tadala Mlasaanthu
Paralegal
Tadala Mlasaanthu joined Tollers in August of 2022 as a Paralegal responsible for the administration and drafting of documents relating to the requirements and instructions of Gabrielle Smith and Nicola Dodman’s clients.
Danielle Burgess
Solicitor
Danielle Burgess qualified as a Solicitor in March 2019, having obtained her Law degree from Coventry University.
Suzanne Evans
Senior Associate and Head of EVCU
With a wealth of experience, Suzanne has joined the team at Tollers Elderly and Vulnerable Client Unit.
Gabrielle Smith
Associate Solicitor
Kate Godber
Partner and Head of Trusts & Estates North
Kate advises individuals and families on Estate planning, Wills, Trust requirements, Estate Administration, Personal tax and Lasting Powers of Attorney...
James Willoughby
Senior Associate
James attended BPP Law School where he studied for a Graduate Diploma in Law...
Steve Bowers
Will Writer
Steve Joined the Trusts and Estate team at Tollers in 2018. Before this, Steve worked in the Private Clients division of a major bank, where he had worked for the past 32 years...
Sharon Brown
Partner and Head of Trusts & Estates South
Sharon offers free monthly advice clinics at Age Concern Stevenage and Garden House Hospice...
Sarah Horn
Senior Associate
Sarah has been a part of the Tollers team since June 2006 and has recently completed the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) examinations achieving, a distinction grade.
Nicola Dodman
Senior Wills Trusts and Estates Manager
Nicola joined Tollers in 2004 and now works as a senior manager in Trusts & Estates...
Martin Hill
Partner
Martin Hill Martin is a Panel Deputy appointed by the Office of the Public Guardian and deals exclusively with Court of Protection matters.
Jeremy Simmonds
Partner
Jeremy provides Wills and Probate services and Conveyancing to the established and growing client base in Rutland...
Emma Wesley
Associate
Emma has been a member of our specialist Elderly and Vulnerable Client Unit (“EVCU”) since it was set up in 2013...
Cathy Eaton
Senior Legal Manager
Cathy Eaton is a senior legal manager with over 24 years’ experience specialising in the preparation of bespoke wills, Administration of Estates...
Kasia Jeziorska
Solicitor
Jade Atkins
Paralegal
Jodie Clare
Trainee Solicitor
Joanne Axisa
Associate Legal Executive
Michelle Gladwin
Paralegal
Leighanne Haskell
Paralegal
Beth Albon
Senior Paralegal
Alison Taylor
Senior Paralegal
Patrick Allen
Paralegal
Tadala Mlasaanthu
Paralegal
Danielle Burgess
Solicitor
Suzanne Evans
Senior Associate and Head of EVCU
Gabrielle Smith
Associate Solicitor
Kate Godber
Partner and Head of Trusts & Estates North
James Willoughby
Senior Associate
Steve Bowers
Will Writer
Sharon Brown
Partner and Head of Trusts & Estates South
Sarah Horn
Senior Associate
Nicola Dodman
Senior Wills Trusts and Estates Manager
Martin Hill
Partner
Jeremy Simmonds
Partner
Emma Wesley
Associate
Cathy Eaton
Senior Legal Manager
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