What are Mirror Wills?
A Mirror Will, also known as a Reciprocal Will, is a type of Will where two people, usually a married couple, make near-identical Wills. These Mirror Wills form two separate legal documents and are independent of each other which means that, should life circumstances change in future, either spouse can change the contents of their Mirror Will.
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How doe Mirror Wills work?
For Mirror Wills to work, each spouse leaves their estate to their partner, or to the children. Upon the death of the first spouse, the deceased’s estate passes to the surviving spouse.
Who needs Mirror Wills?
- Married couples
- Cohabiting partners
- Civil Partners
Why choose Mirror Wills?
Mirror Wills are the most appropriate type of Will for couples. As the surviving spouse is allowed to change or cancel the Mirror Will if their life circumstances change after the first spouse passes away, Mirror Wills are recommended for couples. Unlike other types of Will, they can provide unique clarity for both beneficiaries and the executors.
When should you create a Mirror Will?
Mirror Wills should be put in place straightaway if no Wills exist. Having a Mirror Will is an important aspect of Estate Planning and there could be potential consequences for having no Will in place.
How long does it take to create a Mirror Will?
Creating a Mirror Will is an involved journey, which involves our Will Lawyers getting to know you, your partner and your wishes relating to the estates. Creating Mirror Wills can therefore take up to 2-4 weeks, although if you have more urgent deadlines, we can often look to accommodate them. If so, please let us know at the outset.
How much do Mirror Wills Cost?
Our legal fees for preparing standard Mirror Wills are fixed and cost £249.00, however if your Mirror Will is more complicated, our fees may vary. To receive confirmation of your quote from our Will Lawyers, please contact us.
When can I Start?
We have capacity to begin preparing Mirror Wills straightaway. Leave your contact details on this webpage and one of our Will Lawyers shall be in touch with you by the next Business Day.