About Us

Bicester Wills was set up by Gail Church in 2010.  Gail and team are specialist practitioners in Will Writing and Personal Estate Planning services.

Bicester Wills are delighted to offer clear, easy-to-understand advice, a transparent pricing structure and an efficient service.

If you are in the process of estate planning, funeral planning, inheritance tax planning, or are faced with acting as an Administrator for a deceased person’s estate, we can help.

Making your appointment

Please come and see us in our office, in Bicester town centre, to discuss your requirements.  You can book a weekday or Saturday morning office appointment by using our online booking system, or by telephone.

Home visits are available at no extra cost, and should be arranged by telephone to ensure that we can meet at a time and location most convenient for you.

Drop in clinic

On the first Saturday of every month, we have a drop-in clinic in our Bicester town centre office. You can stop by to see where we are, ask any questions you may have, schedule an appointment, or simply come and pick up a leaflet for one of our services.

There are no appointments needed for the drop-in clinic.

Navigating our site

Click on the icons on the right hand side of each page to find out more about the services we offer and the fixed fees payable for each.

If no fees are listed, this is because they must be calculated on an individual basis, taking in to consideration the complexity of the work involved.  Please do not hesitate to telephone or email us to obtain an estimate.

Services

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What’s happening with Probate fees?

The planned increase to Probate Fees has not yet happened – though it’s still likely that it will. What can you do to assist your Executors, who will have to pay the fee when they apply for the Grant of Probate? We can advise you. Book an appointment with us to ensure your estate is prepared.

Are you an Organ Donor?

Pre-paid funeral plan provider, Rest Assured Funeral Plans, have partnered with the NHS in a pilot scheme to increase membership of the Organ Donor Register. It is hoped that people who are already having frank conversations about death will be open to discussing what should happen to their bodies when they die.

We’ve entered the Shine (virtual) Balloon Race in May!

We’re delighted to be fundraising for Shine – a charity offering support to those living with hydrocephalus and/or spina bifida. Shine host balloon races to raise funds for their shunt services. With an eye on the environment, they’ve made the races a virtual event so no real balloons will be released!

Talking about Trusts

Trusts are used to manage the passing on of assets or money in a particular way. There are a number of different types of Trust, serving different functions. A Trust may be established during a lifetime, or started under the provisions of a Will. They are therefore a crucial aspect of estate planning.

Bicester…Buckingham & now Oxford!

Our business has clients all across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. We are delighted to have opened offices in Buckingham and now also in Headington, Oxford. We are now offering our Wills, Probate, Lasting Power of Attorney and general estate planning services from all three offices. Come and see us!

The cost of dying is on the up again

Of course there’s a cost to dying! But when we die, we’re not there to foot the bill, so why should we worry?
The thing is, it can be tricky – or impossible – for loved ones to come up with a significant sum of money at the time of a death. (The costs & infographics in this blog post are taken from SunLife (2018), Cost of Dying Report.)

Why not write a Will?

If you don’t have a Will…perhaps it is because you’ve simply never thought about it? 55% of adults in Britain still do not have a Will, and yet disputes about inheritance are on the increase. Writing a Will is the only way to ensure your exact wishes are known to your friends and family when you are not actually there to spell it out.

Are you prepared for all eventualities?

Sudden incapacitation, deteriorating illness or loss of ability to communicate means you may no longer be able to state your wishes at a time when you most want to be heard. Would it give you peace of mind to know that your affairs will be dealt with by someone you trust? With an LPA, you can rest assured that the person speaking for you is chosen and trusted by you.

Probate fees are set to rise

The Government has said that Probate Fees will increase in 2019. The fee accompanying a Probate application will be calculated on a sliding scale, likely to be around 0.5% of the value of the estate. This is a large increase on the current fee, which has not been well received in the private client sector.

Leave your money to children or charity?!

Sheila Hancock, actress, is adamant that her children can work for their own success. She’s made provision for her own long term care, so as not to burden her children, and intends to leave her money to charity. For advice about your own estate, contact us at Bicester Wills.