Why use a local Will Writer?

Life and death planning should be easy, personal and accessible – that’s where we come in!

If you’re looking for Will Writing Services in the Batley area, we’re a local team here to cut through the jargon, giving you a simple and easy option for life and death planning. Grab a cup of tea (Yorkshire Tea, obviously) and a cheeky biscuit, make yourself comfortable, and see how we can help you plan your future.

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Why Do You Need a Will?

Dying without leaving a valid Will is known as dying intestate. This basically takes away your control of who inherits your estate, and the government’s guidelines kick in to decide where to distribute any finances, property or other assets you have (England & Wales have different rules to Scotland, so make sure you get the right service for you!).

If this happens, your assets might not go where you’d want them to. The rules of intestacy follow a strict path and don’t take your personal circumstances into account. This could potentially cause a lot of upset for those you leave behind.

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60% of UK Adults don’t have a Will

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£15bn of inheritance has been left unclaimed

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72% of those aged 35-54 haven’t made a Will

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19% of people admit they don’t like discussing death

If you leave a valid Will, you can:

  • Make it easier for your family to organise your estate
  • Help reduce the amount of inheritance tax paid on the estates of your loved ones
  • Nominate guardians for any children or pets you leave behind
  • Ensure your loved ones are provided for by safeguarding your assets

Being a local West Yorkshire business is important to us

We're a small team who offer a friendly and personal service, whether you want to write your Will, set up a Trust or create an LPA. Whatever you need, we'll make the time to sit and talk through your personal circumstances with you, ensuring you make the most of what you have. You can come and see us at our offices for a cuppa, or we can come to you. Whatever works best.

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We make sure we offer that personal touch, gaining your trust to ensure you feel completely secure with us. When it comes to your estate, we leave no option unconsidered and offer you great advice, because we get a load of personal satisfaction out of helping our clients make the most of their hard-earned assets! Get in touch with us to see how we can help; even if you just have a few niggling questions you'd love to have answered, we have the time.

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Every specialist in our team is a member of The Society of Will Writers, meaning they have been independently assessed by the UK's most respected Will Writing organisation. As part of the membership requirements, ongoing training and development is compulsory, so you know that our knowledge is totally up-to-date and accurate. To find out more about the benefits of using a Will Writer who is a member of this organisation, read our dedicated page here.

Busting the myths of intestacy

Every day we hear common misconceptions around inheritance and Will writing. These misunderstandings result in many people not bothering to get a Will, because they’ve heard they don’t need one! They’re more than happy to let things run their course, in a false sense of security that everything will work out fine when they’re gone. But they won’t, and we’re here to explain why, to help your family avoid the heartache caused by a simple misunderstanding.



If you have children, you’ll need to nominate someone to care for them after you’re gone. Did you know that being a godparent doesn’t count as an officially nominated carer in the eyes of the law? Nor does being family, or a verbal agreement. A Will can avoid court cases and a lot of upset for children left behind, and make sure they’re looked after.



Everything will pass to my spouse automatically! Maybe, maybe not. This depends on how much your estate is worth and if you have any children, from your current or previous relationships. There is a financial limit on what automatically goes to your current husband or wife, and the rest is distributed elsewhere, so make sure you know what’s what.



We live together and have done for years, we’re covered! Not true. Common-law partnership isn’t recognised by law, so even if you live together for years, your partner isn’t automatically entitled to anything if you’re unmarried. Bear in mind any ex-spouses, who would inherit and things could get awkward! The simple answer? Make a Will.

So what are the rules of intestacy?

Use the handy little chart here to figure out what the rules are intestacy are, which are set out by the UK Government. You can use this guide to see where your estate would go if you did nothing about making a Will and remember, these rules are followed to the letter. The Government aren’t bothered if you have any step-kids, really close friends you wanted to have something, or a partner who you lived with for years but never got around to marrying. Rules are rules, unfortunately.

Don’t like the look of how things could pan out? Don’t sweat it, it’s very easy to fix. Just make a Will and you can sit there and divvy out everything exactly how you want to and it will be followed when your time comes. Get in touch to speak to us to see how we can help.

How does our Bespoke Will Writing Service work?

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Either complete our simple contact form or give our team a call.

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We can arrange a meeting with one of our specialists to discuss your needs.

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Relax! We’ll draw up your Will, so you can be sure it’s legally sound.

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We post your Will for you to sign with two independent individuals. Sorted!

How Can a Bespoke Will Help You?

An online “simple” Will is sufficient in some cases, but to make sure your assets are fully protected and that you’re getting the most out of them, a Bespoke Will is the best choice. We know that many people would much prefer to sit and talk to a real person, discuss their needs and have all their questions answered.

After all, making a Will is a huge deal. Using a faceless piece of software isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Many people prefer the personal experience when discussing life planning and choose a local Will Writing Service for this reason.

As well as offering sound and legally valid Wills, we can also assist with Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and Trusts. This isn’t possible with an online Will service and is a big plus for those wanting to protect their assets for their family.

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Vital Bespoke Will

Price From £90.00 From £160.00
Offers control over your estate and protection for your loved ones Option included Option included
Costs less than a solicitor Option included Option included
Create mirror wills with your partner (some providers, additional fee applies) Option included Option included
Pre-assessment checks with an expert estate planner Option not included Option included
Communicate complex wishes for your estate Option not included Option included
Build a Trust into your Will Option not included Option included
Created for you by a specialist Will writer Option not included Option included
Guards against any mistakes or ambiguities Option not included Option included
Helps minimise inheritance tax implications for your loved ones Option not included Option included
Offers a deeper protection of your assets Option not included Option included

Our range of Services

As estate planners, we know that one solution doesn’t work for everyone. So that’s why we offer impartial advice, and a range of options so we can make sure you’re getting what suits your personal needs best. Most Wills companies offer one single service so you need to bend to fit their requirements; we don’t.

If we feel a “simple” online Will would suit you better, no problem. We’ll tell you so. Do you feel more confident talking to a specialist and getting a Bespoke Will with a Trust, or not even sure what you need? We’re here to walk you through it. Choose how you’d prefer to speak to us below.

Bespoke Wills

Our specialists can talk through your situation and create a Bespoke Will service for you. We can help you maximise your assets to make sure you get the most out of them.

From £160

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Prefer to speak to someone?

Simply choose a date and time to suit you, and book a call back from one of our friendly team.

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Not sure what you need?

No worries! Complete our short form and one of our team will get back to you as soon as we can.

Choose the Bespoke Will Writing Service if…


You have complex wishes about how you’d like your assets distributed.


You have a large estate which will fall above the threshold for inheritance tax.


You have major health complications or ongoing support needs.


You own a business or hold any assets overseas.


You think your Will might be contested by family or other beneficiaries.


You want to leave any of your assets in a Trust (see more about Trusts here).

Your Batley Based Wills Specialists

We’re local Will Writers, based not far from Batley town centre. We also serve Dewsbury, Birstall, Heckmondwike, Liversedge, Birkenshaw and all surrounding areas. If you would like to meet us for a chat, you can always make an appointment to pop in and see us at a convenient time for you. There’s loads of free parking on site. We can also come to you if that’s more convenient, just speak to us and we can arrange an appointment.

Live outside of West Yorkshire? That’s no problem, we can also do everything over video call if you prefer!

Appointments are available during our business hours of 9am – 5pm, but if you need to speak to someone outside of these hours, we can always accommodate. Please complete the contact form or give us a call to chat to us about what works best for you.


  • Yes. It is very common to name the executor of you Will as one of the beneficiaries. This is completely legal and won’t cause any complications in enacting your wishes.

  • You can either ask your executor to keep the original signed copy, or more commonly, have it placed in secure storage for safe keeping. Whatever option you choose, make sure that executors know where and how to access the Will.

  • Unfortunately, yes. Your Will might be contested if someone who expected to benefit from your Will doesn’t. Although this isn’t a common occurrence, you can take steps to avoid any confusion and upset by just talking to your friends and family about your Will. Let them know what to expect.

    It’s important that you seek expert guidance when creating your Will to make sure that all your wishes are clear and legally enactable.

  • Technically, anyone over 18 can be a witness. That being said, don’t choose a beneficiary of the Will as a witness. If a beneficiary witnesses the Will, they forfeit their claim. We also recommend not choosing a friend or family member because it might cause conflict.

    Having an impartial witness helps to prevent any unnecessary legal challenges in the future.

  • If you create a Will and want all of your children to inherit, it’s important to make this clear. Don’t name some and leave others out (unless you explicitly want to). It’s a recipe for disaster, and it’ll probably end up being contested.

    When someone in the line of inheritance who should by rights receive a share isn’t specifically named, it could be ruled as a mistake and be legally overridden. If you want to formally disinherit a child or a direct family member, you’ll need to make this clear and give your reasoning in your Will.

  • Yes, these are known as Conditional Gifts. These are different to Absolute Gifts which have no obligations. If the recipient is to receive a Conditional Gift, then they must agree to the guidelines set in your Will in order to inherit the gift. For example, you may leave a gift of money to a grandchild on the condition that they use a portion of it to go to university. Another example would be that you leave a cash gift to a friend, on the agreement that they take on lifelong guardianship of your pet.

    Any conditional gifts should ideally be discussed with the beneficiary before making the conditions. You should also make sure that the guidelines are clear. There are some things which can’t be set as conditions for gifts in a Will, such as requirements of marriage.

  • You can, but you need to let your executor know. Your Will might not be looked at until after the funeral. You’ll need to create an Additional Clauses section within your Bespoke Will and use this to provide any guidance for your funeral. Remember, however, that it isn’t legally binding and your wishes won’t necessarily happen.

  • No, once your Will has been created and signed by yourself and your witnesses, it’s a legally binding document. If you attempt to make any amendments to your Will after it’s been signed, it’ll invalidate the Will. If you want to make any changes to your wishes, you’ll need to make a new Will.