Making a Will is often the last thing on a person’s mind. We feel that we are going to live forever but of course, just like paying tax, death is inevitable and we don’t want to think about it.
However, if we don’t make a Will then not only will our friends, relatives and favourite organisations miss out but all our hard-earned money and possessions become forfeit to The Crown.
Making a Will is quite straightforward in most cases and can even be achieved by ‘doing it yourself’. but, there are rules to follow and if the content is in any way complex, there is always the possibility that a DIY Will could become invalid. For this reason, ensuring that a Will can be legally executed, it is always recommended that writing this important document is undertaken by a solicitor.
OF YOUR WILL
To achieve your intentions regarding your estate, before you visit a solicitor it will save time and money if you make a list of who should benefit from your Will and how they will benefit whether in terms of money or possessions. Consider your loved ones, friends, those who have helped you in time of need, charities, religious connections – the list goes on. Also remember that people named in a Will may pre-decease you and you may want to consider what then happens to the bequest.