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"Kanye" understand your Will?

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Kanye West is never far from the headlines and, dependent on your views of him, you might consider this a good or bad thing. Although his music may not be to my taste, I cannot dispute how talented he is musically and often feel that this is often lost in the controversy that is not far behind him.

Kanye has expressed his views on many topics in the past and recently lawyers have received his attention. If you are one of the 31 million followers he has on Twitter, you might have seen Kanye (@kanyewest) set out his "New Recording and Publishing Deal Guidelines" and, of particular interest to me, is point 4:-

"4. LAWYERS the first thing that changes about Record Deals is actually lawyers. We need Plain English contracts. A Lawyers role is to IMPROVE deals…. not charge for contracts we cannot understand or track. Re-write deals to be understandable from FIRST READ."

What surprised me the most is that I found myself agreeing with Kanye on this point, especially when it comes to Wills.

In my years of experience, I have reviewed many Wills that even I have struggled to grasp what is trying to be achieved. This is far from ideal, especially if the complexity of the wording used creates ambiguity and possibly even dispute, which can become costly. A clear and well worded Will is so important to ensure that your wishes are understandable to you and whoever else might pick up your Will in the future.

At Gepp Solicitors, both I and my colleagues strive to ensure that your Will is as clear as possible and that we will use "plain English" (as Kanye put it) when discussing the Will with you in order to ensure that you have the peace of mind that you wishes have been well documented.

If you wish to contact me or anyone within Gepp's Private Client department to discuss how we can assist with providing you with a Will you can understand, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01245 228125 or email me directly at

This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.