With advice and guidance from our specialist solicitors, making Mirror Wills has never been easier.
If you have any questions about Mirror Wills (or any other type of Will) or want to know whether it’s the right option for you, get in touch to speak to one of our specialist solicitors via telephone (0845 862 5001) or online.
Once you have received a personalised quote for your Mirror Wills from us in writing, you can rest safe in the knowledge that the cost will not alter further down the line.
Mirror Wills Explained
Mirror Wills are two separate legal documents.
Although, in theory, any two people over 18 years old can create Mirror Wills, it is normally couples who opt for this type of Will. This is due to the fact that Mirror Wills, so called because they reflect each other, are two, almost identical, documents and it is normally couples who have very similar wishes about what they want to happen to their estate (and children) when one (or both) of them passes away.
Normally, Mirror Wills specify that when the first person dies, the estate passes onto the survivor. Then when that person dies, the Wills specify what would happen next (or what would happen if both parties died together).
You do not have to be married to make Mirror Wills. Unmarried couples can also opt to make this type of Will.
Will a Mirror Will Work Best for Me?
The terms of one Mirror Will will reflect the terms of the other Will. As such, if you and your partner want different things in your Will, it is best to opt for separate Single Wills.
Advantages of Mirror Wills
One of the main advantages of Mirror Wills is that they are often cheaper than writing two separate Single Wills.
Mirror Wills start from £195+VAT (£234) and Single Wills start from £125+VAT (£150) each.
If you die intestate (without a Will) in England and Wales, the law will decide who inherits your estate. Making a Will should help to ensure that your family members don’t have to endure the stress that could be caused by you dying intestate.
Under intestacy law, if you die without a Will and have no living family members, the Crown will get your property and possessions (including your pets).
Disadvantages of Mirror Wills
One of the main disadvantages of Mirror Wills is that one (or both) parties could make changes to their Will in the future, without telling the other party.
Equally, when one party dies, the other party could decide to scrap their Mirror Will and write a new Will.
As such, it is highly recommended that you seek independent legal advice before deciding on which type of Will you would like to make. Get in touch to speak to one of our specialist solicitors.