Will writing

Making a will

Thinking about the future

A will is a legal document which lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death.

People can think they don't need to organise a will. For example 'I don't have much to leave to people' or 'I'm married so my partner will get everything'.

However there is more to think about. For example, if you have children a will can show who you'd like to look after them. And if you have in mind particular people you'd like to leave specific belongings to, your will can set this out.

Your executor and your estate

A will should also name your executor or executors. This is the person or people who'll be responsible for your estate. An estate is everything a person owns: savings, investments, property and also any debt.

Depending on your instructions, and what's in your estate, being an executor can be a lot of work. It's important you choose an executor (or executors), discuss your decision, and make sure they're comfortable with the job. If you don't have anyone suitable, or if those around you don't feel comfortable doing this, you can ask a professional such as solicitor or an accountant to do it. You should seek independent legal advice before doing this.

Getting help to write your own will

There's helpful information on this government website, which tells you how to write your own will, make sure it's legal, and keep things up to date.

You may want to consider independent legal advice when considering a will, so you can make sure that the instructions you leave behind are clear, easy to follow through and legally binding. If you're interested in instructing a solicitor, you could consider asking friends if they've used one or you can visit the Law Society website to find out more about how you can find a solicitor who offers will writing services.

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