Making a fixed cost will and / or lasting power of attorney

Co-op Head of Wills, Solicitor James Antoniou, discusses the process of making a fixed cost Will and/or Lasting Power of Attorney with Co-op Legal Services.

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James Antoniou, Head of Wills: "Well, a Will is really important and there’s lots of good reasons for that, the main one being that it’s the only way that allows you to set out what your wishes are and how you want your Estate to pass when you die.

We’ve tried to make the Will writing service as simple and easy to use as possible, so we’ve tried to make sure that it’s convenient, that people can access it when they need to and also that it provides value for money and transparency around fees.

If they like what they hear and they want to go ahead, then they can book in an appointment for a future date and then at that time, we will then get in contact with them, take their instructions and draft up their Will or their Lasting Power of Attorney or whatever it is they would like to be in place.

We are open outside of normal office hours, up until 8 pm. We’re open Saturdays, 9 am till 1 pm as well. And it just allows those people that, you know, when they get home from work or they need to put the kids to bed or do homework or cook dinner, it just allows those sorts of people, who time is limited, to still get their Will done.

So we offer our normal standard Wills, we also offer Trust Wills, where your affairs are a bit more complicated, but there’s particular benefits that can come with Trust Wills, particularly if you have a disabled beneficiary or you’re concerned about residential care fees, for example, and protecting your wealth.

But then there’s also things like Lasting Powers of Attorney, which is completely separate from your Will and is something that you do in your lifetime so that you’ve got people that you trust who can make decisions on your behalf about some really important issues, like your finances and your health. And they can do it so that if you ever become unable to, you’ve got somebody that you know and trust to make those decisions for you.

So we’re always asked questions. “How much is the Will going to cost us?” most probably the most common question we get asked and what we say is, look, it’s completely transparent, it’s all on our website, you can go and take a look or you can give us a call and we’ll talk it through with you.

It’s completely fixed fee, so it’s completely transparent, so you know exactly what you’re going to pay before you decide to use our service."

Co-op Legal Services is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.