Buying a House? Talk to us

Congratulations!   Buying a new home is an exciting time and inevitably leads you to think about what the future might hold for you. Often a house move is triggered by a change in circumstances – new partner; marriage; children; divorce; inheritance…the list is endless. And while you are thinking of the future, it is vital that your loved ones and your assets (including your new home) are protected if anything happens to you.

You can make sure that you have full peace of mind in the future by putting your wishes into a Will, which sets out what happens to your assets and your family in the event of your death. You might be reading this thinking ”I’m too young to need a Will” or “I’ve already had a Will drawn up years ago” or “I don’t need to worry, it will all be taken care of by my family.”

If any of these thoughts are running through your head and you don’t think you need a Will, here are some facts that might make you think again:

  • If you have children, the courts may decide who will look after them in the event of your death
  • If you have recently got married, any previous Will you had is automatically invalid
  • If you are not married, your partner will not necessarily receive any of your estate nor automatically gain guardianship of any children
  • Your lovely new property may not be left to your immediate family in the event of your death
  • If you die without a Will, someone else will decide how to distribute your assets and in some cases, they could go to the state

Getting a Will

Thought provoking, isn’t it? So how do you go about getting a Will?  The perception used to be that getting a Will organised is expensive, complicated or just a bit morbid – Well, thankfully it is none of those things.  For example, Heritage Will Writers offer face-to-face appointments throughout East Anglia for their clients – either at our offices or at the clients home.  If you live further afield, we can offer telephone appointments to run through all your wishes and make sure the Will provides you with complete peace of mind.  We are passionate about helping simplify some of the complex issues so that having a Will is accessible and understandable for everyone.

Choosing a dedicated Will Writer means that you are dealing with a company that is an expert in their field and will be able to tailor your Will to your exact wishes and ensure the document is as unique as you are, rather than just completing a standard template.  It is important that you choose a Will Writing company that is a member of the Institute of Professional Will Writers (IPW) and has staff members that are STEP qualified so you know that your Will is going to be legally correct.  There are other elements to consider when arranging your Will including Lasting Powers of Attorney which is simply choosing someone you trust to make decisions for you if you become physically or mentally incapable of making these decisions in the future.  You will also want to choose a Will Writer that can help with protecting your property, probate (the practicalities of carrying out the instructions in your Will) and even offering a secure place for your Will to be stored. Heritage Will Writers offer all of this, and have won regional and national Awards for our service so you know you are in safe hands.

To arrange your new Will or update your existing one, contact us today

James Pond – Licence to Will

Meet our new recruit James Pond (Licence to Will) who is supporting The Grand Norwich Duck Race 2019.

2019 sees the eighth annual Grand Norwich Duck Race #GNDR19 raising funds for Break, a local children’s charity supporting vulnerable young people & families. 

The Grand Norwich Duck Race is one that individuals, companies and community groups can get involved in – culminating in a fun filled day by the water’s edge on Bank Holiday Sunday 25th August. Ducks race from St George’s Bridge by the Norwich Playhouse to St Fye’s Bridge. The Lord Mayor or Sheriff of Norwich will open the proceedings on St George’s Bridge.

The Duck Race isn’t until Sunday 25 August, but Pond will be having plenty of missions between now and then.  Keep up to date on all his secret missions by following @TheNamesPond007 on Twitter. 

If you see James Pond and want to get any selfies with him, he will be more than happy to oblige, but just asks that you tag him on Twitter (and don’t pull on his ears as it drives him quackers).

Charity Golf day 2019 – Book your place

Join us for our third annual golf day on Tuesday 3 September 2019 at the Royal Norwich Golf Club.

The day includes drinks and bacon rolls on arrival, an 18 hole round of golf (one of the last chances to play on this historic course), Two-course dinner and a Charity auction and raffle.

We are fundraising for Nelson’s Journey, a Norfolk charity that supports children and young people who have experienced the death of a significant person.

The cost is £250 per team – make sure you don’t miss out.

To book your team, contact marketing@heritagewills.co.uk today.

Charity Golf Day

Heritage Will Writers providing peace of mind for Langley School staff

East Anglia’s leading dedicated Will writing service, Heritage Will Writers, has partnered with Langley School to provide their school staff with a bespoke Corporate Benefits package.

Stuart Burrell, Heritage Will Writers Finance Director said “We know employee wellbeing is a key focus for organisations to maintain a happy and motivated workforce. For many, the wellbeing of their family and loved ones can impact on this, which is why we have created a Corporate Benefits package which will give Langley employees and their families complete peace of mind for the future.”

As part of the Corporate Benefits Package, Heritage Will Writers is offering Langley staff free consultations at the school throughout their working day, with a discount on Wills and access to a complete Estate Planning package of products.   

The last 6 months has been a cause for double celebration with Heritage Will Writers scooping “Regional Will Writers of the Year” at the Wills and Probate Awards and “National Will Writing Organisation of the Year” at the National Paralegal Awards.  The judges for the national award said “This business is impressive. The entry contained a strong balance of evidence in relation to qualifications, experience, scale, community and customer service.  An all-round excellent business.”

Stuart commented “Working with the Langley staff has been a real pleasure and we have had lots of very positive feedback– many saying that they had been meaning to write a Will for some time.  The relationship has been greatly enhanced by the Langley HR Team who are clearly focused on giving their staff access to a range of benefits and they have been very supportive in helping facilitate our time at the school.”

Langley HR Manager, Lynn McGarry said “As a School our staff are critical to our success, we are always looking at benefits that we can offer that really offer value and are meaningful. Drafting a will is often one of things on your ‘To do’ list that gets overlooked with daily priorities, therefore being able to offer an opportunity to have a free no obligation appointment during the working day with Heritage Will Writers was fantastic and offered our staff real flexibility.

The information provided in advance and on the day meant that the appointment time could be used to really understand individual personal situations that enabled them to make informed decisions, be that instructing to draw up a will or take away responses to other questions relating to estate planning with a view to following up at a later date. It also provided an opportunity for existing Heritage Will Writers clients to make amendments to their current Will. Their consultant, Phil was informative and concise and really provided a personal approach.  We look forward to continuing the partnership in the future.”

Stuart continued “Since launching their Corporate Benefits package, Heritage Will Writers has been working with a variety of businesses throughout East Anglia and looking at ways we can support their employees and their clients. Having recently received regional and national recognition gives our clients even greater reassurance and peace of mind about how we can help them.”   

Heritage Will Writers win national award

East Anglia’s leading dedicated Will writing service, Heritage Will Writers, has scooped a major national award in the National Paralegal Awards.Based in Hellesdon, Norwich, Heritage Will Writers won the Will Writing Organisation of the Year Award, fighting off competition from two other nationally recognised Will Writing and Estate Planning firms.

Heritage Will Writers Managing Director, Kathy Long said “We are delighted and honoured to have won the Will Writing Organisation of the Year Award. Much of the business we receive comes from personal recommendations and family referrals, which is testament to the great work our whole team does.  We are so grateful to our clients, staff and our network of supporters who have helped us achieve this.”

The inaugural National Paralegal Awards Gala final was held on Friday 29 March at The Mayfair Hotel in London. The judging panel had this to say about Heritage Will Writers: This business is impressive and has scaled. The entry contained a strong balance of  evidence in relation to qualifications, experience, scale, community and customer service.  An all-round excellent business.”

This is not the first time that Heritage Will Writers has been recognised for their achievements in the Will writing industry. In October 2018, they were awarded the Regional Will Writing Firm of the Year at the British Wills and Probate Awards.

Heritage Will Writers add even greater Certainty to their range of services

East Anglia’s leading dedicated Will writing service, Heritage Will Writers, has joined Certainty the National Will Register to provide their clients with even greater peace of mind.

“We are delighted to be joining Certainty the National Will Register as it will help to ensure that our clients’ Wills can be traced by their loved ones in the event of their passing” said Kathy Long, Heritage Will Writers Managing Director. “At a time of loss, it provides a practical comfort for those dealing with the estate that the Will can be easily traced.”

Certainty the National Will Register is the Law Society’s endorsed provider of a National Will Register and is chosen, endorsed and used by the public, legal profession, PI insurers, Government agencies, charities, the public and other associated sectors and organisations to register and search for Wills.

Established in 2002, Heritage Will Writers are East Anglia and the South East’s leading dedicated Will writing service, serving tens of thousands of clients. In addition to writing Wills, the team offer a full probate service, secure document storage and can help with trust enquiries, powers of attorney and property ownership changes.  In 2018, Heritage Will Writers were awarded Regional Will Writers of the Year at the inaugural Wills and Probate Awards.

Why arranging your Will is the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift

While some may think that it is luxury chocolates or a weekend in Paris, one Norfolk based firm believe that nothing says “I love you” like a Mirror Will.

From when a couple first start out together, things can move quickly and before you know it you have a property together, you might plan to get  married and maybe even have children.  And all the way through, the assumption for many couples is that everything will automatically be ok if the worst happens to one or both of them.

“I think there is this perception that couples don’t need a Will and that you only need one when you get “older”.  But actually, as soon as you own a property or have a child or get married, these are the key times when getting a Will written is so important” said Heritage Will Writers MD, Kathy Long.

“As we approach Valentines Day and head into wedding season, we wanted to raise awareness of the importance of not leaving it to chance and that actually getting your Will organised is one of the best things you can do for each other and your immediate family.”

There are some startling facts that a lot of people aren’t aware of when it comes to Wills.  For example, without a Will…

  • If you have children under 18, the courts may decide who their guardian will be in the event of your death.
  • If you are unmarried, your partner won’t automatically receive any of your estate nor automatically gain guardianship to any children
  • If you have married, any previous Will may become invalid

“For a lot of families, these facts can be quite unsettling but arranging to have a Will is very straightforward and once it is done, it gives real peace of mind that the family is protected.” continued Kathy.

To help raise awareness of the importance of having a Will, Heritage Will Writers are exhibiting at this years Bride:The Wedding Show on 23rd & 24th February at the Norfolk Showground, with a free prize draw to win a “Pamper Hamper” alongside a Mirror Will.

Established in 2002, Heritage Will Writers are East Anglia and the South East’s leading dedicated Will writing service, serving tens of thousands of clients. In addition to writing Wills, the team offer a full probate service, Client care package (including storage) and can help with trust enquiries, powers of attorney and property ownership changes.  In 2018, Heritage Will Writers were awarded Regional Will Writers of the Year at the inaugural Wills and Probate Awards.

Heritage Will Writers announce their Charity of the Year for 2019

Heritage Will Writers is delighted to announce that Nelsons Journey is to be their Charity of the Year for 2019.

Heritage Will Writers Managing Director, Kathy Long said “Nelsons Journey do an amazing job supporting bereaved children and young people throughout Norfolk. Several members of our staff have visited their offices at Smiles House and got a real understanding of the fantastic work that they do, so it really is a charity that is close to our hearts.  We are very proud to be supporting them throughout 2019.” 

In November 2017, Heritage Will Writers joined the NJ Twenty20 scheme – A twelve month commitment taken by 20 Norfolk businesses to raise a minimum of £1,000 each to help celebrate the 20th year of Nelson’s Journey.  Heritage Will Writers staff held a variety of fund raising events including a Corporate Golf Day, Quiz, Halloween Party and Purple Picnic, as well as several brave staff members doing a tandem skydive all of which raised over £8,000 for the charity. 

Heritage Will Writers are East Anglia and the South East’s leading dedicated Will writing service, serving tens of thousands of clients. In addition to writing Wills, the team offer a full probate service, secure

document storage and can help with trust enquiries, powers of attorney and property ownership changes.

As part of their Team Building Charity day in December, the staff were given an Apprentice style challenge where they were split into six teams, given £50 each and tasked with raising as much money as possible by their very own Alan Sugar, “Lord” Burrell.

Teams took part in lots of different activities, including a car wash and tombola at Riverside Retail Park, a sponsored walk from their offices to Smiles House, a Fitness session with BTF, packing shoppers bags in Morrisons and a team at Taverham Nursery Centre who had a whole host of pet treats and even did doggy tarot card readings.  In their various ways the teams all smashed their own targets, raising an incredible £1700 between them, in just 4 hours.

Gena Moore, Corporate Fundraiser for Nelson’s Journey said “We are delighted that the Heritage Will Writers team have chosen to support Nelson’s Journey this year. The passion demonstrated by the team to support Nelson’s Journey is infectious and we look forward to seeing what other interesting and fun ideas they have to raise much needed funds for the charity in 2019”

Heritage Will Writers already have their first fundraising event in the diary which is a Golf Day on Tuesday 3 September at Royal Norwich Golf Club.  To secure your place or to find out more, simply email marketing@heritagewills.co.uk

Heritage Will Writers win major industry Award

East Anglia’s leading dedicated Will writing service, Heritage Will Writers, has won a major award in the 2018 British Wills and Probate Awards.

The firm which is based in Hellesdon, Norwich and provides services to clients throughout East Anglia has been awarded the Regional Will Writing Firm of the Year (Midlands, North & Wales). The British Wills and Probate Awards have been introduced to highlight achievement and recognise the successes of those in the Wills and Probate sector. 

The Awards were announced at a prestigious inaugural ceremony held on 18th October, 2018 at The Ardencote Hotel, Warwick and hosted by Broadcaster and former BBC Royal Correspondent Jennie Bond.

Heritage Will Writers Managing Director, Kathy Long said “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded Regional Will Writer of the Year. While our client base has expanded, we still pride ourselves on giving a personal, bespoke service tailored to our client’s individual needs. 

“Our people and services continue to receive Five-Star testimonials from our clients and a large proportion of our business comes from personal recommendations and family referrals, which is testament to the great work our professional and approachable team does.”

Established in 2002, Heritage Will Writers are East Anglia and the South East’s leading dedicated Will writing service, serving tens of thousands of clients. In addition to writing Wills, the team offer a full probate service, secure document storage and can help with trust enquiries, powers of attorney and property ownership changes

Kathy continued “Our amazing team also play an active part in the local community, including dedicated fundraising for the children’s bereavement charity, Nelsons Journey which is our charity of the Year.

I was so proud to bring the Award back to the office in Norwich and to share it with all the staff, clients, business partners, suppliers and supporters who have helped Heritage Will Writers in this great achievement.”

Norwich schoolchildren revive zombie Spice Girls for charity Halloween event

Two Norwich schoolchildren have raised over £400 for a local charity hosting a Halloween event which featured a visit from some zombie “Spice Girls”.

Esme (aged 9) and Jeannie (aged 5) Burrell from Norwich were inspired to fundraise for Nelson’s Journey, following a visit to the charity’s art exhibition in the Forum during the summer.

But what started out as a plan to make collectable “squishys” to sell around the school, soon escalated into the girls planning and hosting a full-scale Halloween party with Ghost Bowling, Creepy Cocktails and Giant Worry Eater games. 

On the night of Halloween, Esme and Jeannie transformed the Norwich Rugby Club into a ghoulish Halloween spectacular which featured a visit from some zombie Spice Girls…only days before the real Spice Girls announced their comeback.

The Halloween Party, which was sponsored by Heritage Will Writers, raised £401.68 for the children’s Bereavement charity, Nelson’s Journey which supports children and young people up to their 18th birthday who have experienced the death of a significant person in their life. They provide a range of support, appropriate for the needs of each child or young person which can include one-to-one support and opportunities to meet others their age who have also experienced a bereavement.