Writing a Will

It can be an awkward thing to talk about. But the truth is, having a clearly written and up-to-date Will in place can make a distressing time for your loved ones considerably easier.

And as up-to-date, properly written Will also lets you decide what’s going to happen to your money, possessions and property (your estate) after you pass away.

A Will lets you:

  • Make sure that specific gifts or bequests are left to those you wish (your beneficiaries), so your treasured possessions can go to those you know will cherish them
  • Incorporate donations to charities/organisations you really care about
  • Create trusts to protect your beneficiaries’ inheritance
  • Make provisions for your dependents
  • Protect your estate from certain individuals
  • Make provisions for your pets
  • Minimise the amount of Inheritance Tax your estate will be liable to pay
  • Prevent family disputes as everything will be clearly and legally laid out
  • Detail your funeral wishes

What happens if you don’t have a Will

If you pass away without making a valid Will, then the government decides how your estate is dealt with according to strict rules called the ‘Laws of Intestacy’. And the rules are the same for everyone.

It really does makes sense to get your Will arranged as soon as possible, so get in touch with us today and we can begin the process.

Updating your Will

If you already have a Will, then it’s a good idea to check that it’s still valid. You may need to update if any of the following apply:

  • DIY Will: You wrote your existing Will yourself – it may not be legally valid so could be dismissed in place of intestacy laws
  • Marriage: Usually when you marry or re-marry, your previous Will is automatically revoked (in England and Wales, but not in Scotland)
  • Divorce: A divorce doesn’t automatically revoke a Will; if your wishes have changed (like a change in beneficiary), you should update your Will
  • The addition of a new beneficiary – so new additions to your family may mean you want to change who receives certain items, or re-think how your estate will be divided between your beneficiaries
  • Death – if someone named in your Will has passed way

So if changes need to be made to reflect your changing circumstances, then writing a new Will could reduce the likelihood of disputes when it is eventually executed. 

What to do next

We work alongside our legal partners who will prepare this essential legal document as part of our service to you.

You will be assigned a dedicated legal adviser who will take care of everything and work to ensure your Will is expertly and sensitively produced in accordance with your personal needs and wishes.

Arranging your Will now can give you enormous peace of mind that your wishes will be taken care of when the time comes. It will also be a comfort to your loved ones who won’t have to see your estate being divided according to government laws.

Get things started today. Call our legal experts for free on 0800 411 8668.