Making a Will
Don’t leave it up to the law to decide who gets your assets…
It’s something that many people don’t like to think about because of its association, but, having one can make the difference between your family and loved ones being provided for, or not, after your death. Leaving a Will behind means your possessions go to the people you want to have them; family members are put under less stress at an already upsetting time; and it can help stop disputes over your assets because you’ve left clear instructions about your wishes. Don’t leave it to chance; let our experienced solicitors help you look after the people you care about.
Who should have a Will?
Everyone should have a Will but it is even more important if you own property, have children, have savings, shares or investments or own your own business (these things are known as your “estate”). Without a Will, you can’t be sure that your estate will be passed to the people you actually want to have them.
Are there different types of Wills?
Yes. You can have single Wills (just you), Mirror Wills (normally with your partner) or Trust Wills (your trustees manage your things after you leave). Which one you pick depends on your circumstances. Our solicitors can advise which one suits you best.
I have children. Who will become their legal guardian if I die?
If you don’t have a Will then it could be left up to a judge to decide who cares for your children. If you want a specific person you trust to look after them then it is vital that you name them in your Will, otherwise they may go to someone you might not have chosen.
I am not married - will my partner be entitled to my estate?
Again, if you do not have a Will then you cannot be sure your loved ones will get what you want them to. If you are not married or in a civil partnership then your partner will not be automatically entitled to your estate, even if you live together.
Can I write my own Will?
In theory, yes, and there are plenty of templates available for you to use – but it is not something we would advise. There are many things that can go wrong when writing your own Will; using the wrong wording or misspelled words can mean that your instructions won’t be followed or, worse, it could make your Will invalid.
What’s involved in creating a Will?
Our solicitors will speak to you to understand your situation and wishes. We will then work together to make sure that your assets are passed on to the people you want to have them. We’ll also cover things such as guardianship of your children, who will execute your Will, inheritance tax, charitable beneficiaries and any funeral preferences you may have. Your Will can then be formally signed and witnessed to be made legal. A copy will be given to you and we will store one in our safe. Our solicitors have years of experience of writing Wills – don’t leave it to chance.
Remember, if you don’t have a Will, the law decides who gets what.