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About A.D.E Wills

Based in the beautiful and historic city of Oxford, we are here to help you leave the legacy you want with a Will that protects your family and loved ones. 

How to make a Will online

As Oxford’s pioneering Will writers, we provide an innovative service; so, you can now make your Will at home, on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Choosing your Will writer

How you choose to write your Will can impact your family and legacy; so, it is important to choose the right method for you.

Use our helpful guides

Can I write my Will myself? How do I make my Will legally effective? Where should I store my Will? All these answers are in here, plus so much more. 

How does an LPA work? Why do I need an LPA? What can an LPA be used for? All the answers to these important questions, plus lots more are in this useful guide. 

Want a quick overview of what you need to do and prepare when writing your Will? If so, then this Wills Checklist is the one for you.

FAQs

Yes, we can. When updating your Will there are three main options which are based on the nature and extent of the changes you wish to make. If it is something small before you have signed your Will, you can make a change on the paper itself. You and your witnesses must initial and date the amendment. This is a risky procedure with lots of pitfalls so we often advise against it. You can make a codicil which serves to republish the Will on the date of the codicil to include the new changes. However, our most recommended option is to just rewrite or make a new Will.

Yes we do. You can include your funeral wishes in your Will. We work with Dignity who offer helpful prepaid funeral plans which effectively save you from rising funeral prices. We can work with you to ensure you have the funeral plans you want in place and record them in your Will.

Yes we do. When taking instructions, it is part of our Will writing service that we ask for details about the nature and size of your estate. This shows you had testamentary capacity when making your Will as you understood in general terms what assets you owned, but also allows us to inform you whether your estate is likely to be subject to inheritance tax. We also offer advice on how to plan your estate to minimise your tax liability. We work closely with a team of financial experts who can give even more specialist advice.

There are several options you can choose from. You can make a gift of your pet to a named individual, your executors (for them to choose someone) or an animal charity. You can create a trust for the care of your pet. You can even include a letter of wishes with your Will to provide guidance on how to look after your pet.

If your next-door neighbour witnesses your Will, your Will is still legal and valid, however, the gift in your Will to your next-door neighbour will be invalid. This is to ensure that the Will signing process is as neutral as possible. If you need help with signing your Will, we offer an execution service and can help out.

Thank you for your question and congratulations on your recent marriage. Marriage revokes a Will. When you got remarried, your Will was revoked. As such, you have no Will in place and so your property will be distributed in accordance with the intestacy rules. You will need to make a new Will if you have specific wishes in mind or you wish for the terms of your old Will to be in place again.

You can include your funeral wishes and we can help you to include a provision in your Will outlining that you have a prepaid funeral plan in place. Though, it is worth noting that funeral wishes in your Will are not binding on your executors and it is they who have legal responsibility over what to do with your body. However, your executor must take your views (including your funeral plans) into account.

You will not be able to help them directly in writing their Will because a Will should reflect the wishes of the person in question. The Will should be made without any influence from anyone else. Otherwise, the Will may be challenged on grounds of undue influence or not reflecting their wishes. We can help your parents to write their Wills for them; however, we can only take instructions from them to ensure we have an independent record of their wishes. This protects you and your inheritance, as much as your parents.

Wait until your new Will has been signed and witnesses. Thereafter, destroy your old one to remove any confusion. You can burn, tear it apart or otherwise destroy it with intention to revoke it.

A former spouse can make a claim under the Inheritance (Provisions for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. However, there is usually a clause contained in your divorce order barring the spouse from making any such inheritance claims.

You can make a claim under the Inheritance Act 1975. However, the claim would be for reasonable financial provision and factors such as your financial dependence and needs would be considered in this claim against your mum’s reasons for excluding you.

Mutual Wills are generally unadvisable. When making mutual Wills, you are essentially entering an agreement saying you will not change your Will without the other’s consent. Problems arise when the first dies, having complied with the agreement, and the surviving partner wishes to change their Will. We often advise using mirror Wills (which are different to mutual Wills) in the context of married couples.

We do indeed. We are proud to have partnered up with Oxford United in the Community, Oxford United’s official charity. If you leave a legacy of any value to them, we will write your Will for free.

For basic Wills, we provide you with a draft copy to review within 7 working days.

Yes we can. We offer home visits. We are currently operating in line with social distancing measures. However, in the meantime, we can set up an online meeting to talk further.distancing measures. However, in the meantime, we can set up an online meeting to talk further.

Land is immovable property and so is subject to the local laws of the country it is in. You can include them in your English Will; however, if your provisions conflict or are not recognised by the local laws of Spain or Mexico, then their local laws will prevail. For this reason, we work closely with experts who specialise in international laws, including Spain and Mexico. We can help you on this, if you wish.

Charitable gifts in your Will are totally exempt from inheritance tax. If you leave 10% of your net estate to charity in your Will, you will have a reduced tax liability.

There are ways to exclude someone from your Will. We usually advise on a clause in your Will accompanied by a letter of reasons to outline why you wish to exclude or disinherit the person in question. However, as your brother does not appear to be financially dependent on you, he would not be able to make a claim under the Inheritance Act 1975, and so no clause is necessary.