About Bristol Wills & Estate Planning
Bristol Wills & Estate Planning Ltd is a Will Writing service owned by me, Graham Southorn.
I know how confusing it can be when you want to make a Will. I didn’t know where to turn when I first made one. I filled in a questionnaire and got a Will in the post. But it had some errors and the company was difficult to contact.
I wasn’t even sure if I’d witnessed it correctly. I thought I’d been clever by saving money with a cheap Will but now I wasn’t sure it would work.
Back then, I didn’t know about Will Writers – professionals who specialise in this area. So when I became a Will Writer, I pledged to give clients a better experience. I’ll talk to you in person and see the process through from beginning to end.
I also believe in being completely transparent about costs. I’ll tell you my fees upfront, before you commit, in accordance with the IPW (Institute of Professional Willwriters) Code of Practice.
Face to face
I’m a strong believer in face-to-face meetings and personal service. I understand that making a Will is very personal, so I will try to get to know you and your family circumstances so I can advise you fully.
If you have questions, I will answer them in the meeting, or over the phone or by email afterwards. You won’t have to go through a helpdesk or hold on the line (if I’m in a meeting I’ll call you back as soon as I can).
I visit most clients at home. But if prefer Zoom, I offer video appointments too. Wherever possible, I’ll do the witnessing in person.
Based in Bristol
Another option is to visit me at the HERE building on Bath Road, where I book private rooms for meetings.
If you’ve driven down Bath Road, you’ll know the big white building. It’s adjacent to the Holy Souls Catholic Cemetary, slightly further on from Arnos Vale and opposite Burger King. You might know it as the ITV building (who are still based there).
The name “HERE” occasionally causes confusion, as you might imagine. But that’s a minor drawback because the staff are so helpful and friendly. I love walking down through Arnos Vale to get there, especially in the Spring.
I began my Will Writing business in 2019. In 2022, I changed the name to Bristol Wills & Estate Planning to better reflect my ethos of helping local people in Bristol and the surrounding area.
I’m a qualified member of the Institute of Professional Willwriters (IPW), which means I adhere to a Code of Practice approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and have professional indemnity insurance for your protection.
Being an IPW member, I take regular training courses on all aspects of estate planning. I enjoy keeping my knowledge up to date and it helps me give you the best advice.
I moved to Bristol over 15 years ago and love it here. When I’m not meeting clients or writing Wills, I enjoy getting out on walks (that’s me at Silbury Hill near Avebury). If you have any favourite walking spots, let me know!