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  • Writer's pictureSteve Bish

Don't Trust a 'Barrack-Room' Lawyer, When it Comes to Estate Planning and Wills!

estate planning and will writing

When it comes to Estate Planning and Wills, many people think they can save money by writing their Wills themselves. Sometimes they have come to this conclusion because of something they've been told by a “barrack-room lawyer”.

This refers to someone who has no formal legal training or qualifications but is willing to advise on the subject. Unfortunately, this often leads to disastrous results and costly mistakes that could have been avoided by getting professional advice from S Bish Estate Planning. The perfect example of a 'barrack-room lawyer" is your friend from down the pub who has an opinion on everything.

Just because they have an opinion, doesn't necessarily mean that they're right. Additionally, sometimes their 'advice' comes from an experience that they have had. When everyone's circumstances are different and legal documents need to be tailored to suit that, it could create problems.

At S Bish Estate Planning, we understand that estate planning and writing a Will is an important process - it's what we do every day for our clients. It requires knowledge of the relevant law (specifically surrounding English and Welsh succession), as well as careful consideration of how to best ensure that your wishes are followed after you pass away or become incapacitated.

A simple error in drafting your Will can cause a great deal of distress and heartache for your family. S Bish Estate Planning is here to help you make sure that all processes are completed correctly so that your estate is distributed as per your wishes. We have the necessary experience and qualifications to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible.

By seeking professional advice from S Bish Estate Planning, you are taking steps to ensure that your estate and wishes are respected after you pass away or become incapacitated. Don't make the mistake of relying on the advice of “barrack-room lawyers” – contact S Bish Estate Planning today to get the right advice.

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Lastly, look at our article surrounding When a basic Will might not be enough

Chances are, if you have a basic Will, you won't have the protection you might need. Many of us think we have relatively simple estates but when it comes to it, our succession under a basic Will could cause problems. Good news - S Bish Estate Planning can help to review it, update it and make sure that your wishes are properly respected. Don't leave it to chance. Get in touch and arrange a free Will review.


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