Making a Will is something many people put off for a variety of reasons, including not thinking they need a Will, intending to get around to it later and simply preferring not to think about their own death.

While this is understandable, failing to have a valid Will in place when you pass away can mean your estate is not dealt with as you would have liked and it can make things much harder for your loved ones when the time comes.

At Stephen Rimmer, our dedicated Will writing solicitors can provide clear, practical guidance in a friendly, sensitive way, making it straightforward and much less stressful to get a sensible Will in place. We can also assist with matters such as Inheritance Tax planning and trusts, as well as advising on disputes over Wills where required

How we can help you with making a Will

Our Wills solicitors offer sensitive, practical support for matters including:

  • Making a Will
  • Updating your Will
  • Inheritance Tax planning
  • Will trusts

We can also assist with contesting a Will and defending Will disputes.

Why choose Stephen Rimmer for your Will?

Our Private Client team is headed by Joe Richardson, a highly experienced solicitor and partner in the firm. Joe’s expertise includes Wills and lifetime planning for high value estates, foreign assets, business assets and large families.

The team benefits from a wide range of expertise and includes consultant Nicholas Manning, who is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the leading global association for solicitors specialising in inheritance, trusts and estates. STEP members must go through rigorous training and examination, so this achievement reflects Nicholas’ exceptional expertise.

As a firm, we have very high customer satisfaction rates, with a large percentage of our new business coming via recommendations from current and former clients.

Book a free 30-minute consultation with our Will solicitors in Eastbourne or Hastings

We offer a free, no obligation 30-minute chat with one of our specialist Wills solicitors to all new clients.

To arrange your initial consultation, you can:

Our Will writing services

Making a Will

When making your Will, there are many issues to consider, including who you wish to benefit from your estate and what provisions you need to make for any dependants who may require ongoing support should you no longer be around.

Our Wills solicitors write Wills across East Sussex and can assist you with creating a valid Will tailored to your concerns and priorities, with advice on issues such as minimising your estate’s Inheritance Tax liability and setting up trusts to provide for dependants.

Updating your Will

Where you have an existing Will, it is important to make sure it stays up to date. You should review your Will at least every five years and after any change in circumstances e.g. if you get married or divorced, have children, start a business or acquire significant new assets.

Our Wills solicitors can go over your Will with you and advise you on where an update is required. In some cases, updating your Will can be achieved with the creation of a supplementary document known as a codicil, which modifies your Will. In other cases, it may be necessary to create a whole new Will.

Inheritance Tax planning

For many estates, Inheritance Tax can be a significant issue with the potential to substantially reduce the value passed to your beneficiaries. However, with good tax planning, the Inheritance Tax burden on your estate can be minimised or avoided entirely.

Our team can advise you on your options, including making best use of nil-rate bands and tax-efficient vehicles such as trusts.

Will trusts

A Will trust is a special type of trust which will only be created at the time of your death. These types of trusts can hold property, money and other assets and are typically used to provide for children under 18 and vulnerable dependants.

Our trusts solicitors can assist you with setting up and managing Will trusts, as well as providing advice for trustees and trust beneficiaries. We can also advise on other types of trusts, such as interest in possession trusts, which allow you to specify that someone such as a spouse or partner can benefit from your home or other assets during their lifetime, while still allowing your children or other loved ones to ultimately inherit.

Will disputes

Should you find yourself involved in a dispute over a Will, it is important to get specialist advice as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary conflict and expense. In many cases, Will disputes can be resolved amicably with the right expertise and a sensible, pragmatic approach.

Our dispute resolution team can advise on all types of Wills and inheritance disputes, helping you to find a fair solution that matches your needs and priorities.

Find out more about our dispute resolution services.

Our Will writing fees

Fixed fee Wills

We are able to offer a fixed fee Will writing service for straightforward estates.

Hourly rates for our Will writing services

For more complex matters involving estates, our Wills solicitors will charge according to agreed hourly rates. We will tell you the hourly rates charged by everyone we expect to work on your case and give a realistic estimate of your likely overall costs.

Find out more about our hourly rates and the way we charge for our work.

Speak to our Wills solicitors in Eastbourne and Hastings

From our offices in Eastbourne, our Wills solicitors work with clients all across East Sussex, including in Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, Hailsham, Polegate, Battle, Pevensey and St Leonards-on-Sea.

To arrange a free, no obligation 30-minute interview with our team, you can:

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