Being an executor is an important and sometimes demanding responsibility, so it
is vital you choose yours with care.
It is often a good idea to talk to anyone you’re thinking of appointing before
you write your will to make sure they have a fair understanding of what will be
expected of them and they are happy to take on this role. If they are not
willing, they will have the right to refuse the responsibility when the time
comes, so it makes sense to get their permission in advance.
Who can be
One of the most important tasks involved in writing your will is to appoint
executors. These are the people who will manage and distribute your estate after
you’ve died, using the instructions you make in your will.What does an executor
Typical responsibilities can include:
* Collecting and listing all of the assets in the estate – bank accounts,
property, possessions etc.
* Valuing the estate.
* Applying for a grant of probate.
* Making sure all debts, bills, taxes (including inheri
If you have children under the age of 18 you will probably want to nominate a
guardian for them in case you and the child’s other parent were to die.
You can only appoint a guardian for your children if you have parental
responsibility for them.
You can read more about who has parental responsibility and what will happen if
there is no will in our ‘What happens to your children if you die without a
A guardian’s role and responsibilities
The role of a guardian is essentially mu
Out of all the decisions you’ll need to make whilst writing your will, choosing
who will look after your children if you and their other parent were to die, is
possibly one of the hardest decisions you will have to make. Whilst it might be
an upsetting prospect, it’s an important decision and one you’ll most certainly
want to get right. So, who should you choose?
Choosing the right guardians
Most people choose a brother, sister or close friend to be guardians, but does
being a good friend or y
Your will must be witnessed for it to be valid. So one of the most important
steps in completing your will is to have it witnessed correctly.
For a full description of the witnessing procedure see how to make sure your
will is legal [https://www.gov.uk/make-will/make-sure-your-will-is-legal].
There are no particular rules around who can (and can’t) witness your will,
other than they must be must be capable of understanding what they are doing.
However, if a beneficiary of the w
You may already know that the month of October is Free Will Writing Month. This
is a great opportunity for those that haven't already prepared this vital
document to do so without charge.
For the entire month of October those aged 55 and over can write a will and
leave their estate, assets, and valuables to their loved ones. Appoint an
executor, name beneficiaries and make sure your legacy goes to the right people.
There are several places where you can write your will for free during the mont Read More »
When creating a will to document the division of an estate or assets, the
tendency can be to look for a will writing service that is located close by.
Historically the large majority of people have visited their town center or
high street and prepared their will with a local solicitor.
In fact, the term ‘will writing services near me’ scores very high for the
number of searches in Google’s engine.
This demonstrates that for those looking to write their will there is a common
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You have until June 4th to write your Will
register it for free with The National Will Register
[https://www.nationalwillregister.co.uk/aboutwillregistration.aspx] using code
The National Will Register is a trusted partner of the Law Society of England
and Wales. The register is used by individuals, families, organizations,
government agencies and law firms to register their will. There are over 8
mi Read More »
There is a lot of talk around the importance of writing a will to ensure that
your money, property, and other assets are bequeathed to the family members or
children that you wish to nominate as beneficiaries of your estate.
However, did you know that there are certain types of financial assets and
property that you should not or cannot include in your will?
These types of assets are usually jointly owned or contain some sort of
instruction that dictates what happens to the property should you Read More »
If you have recently been considering making a will then you may have stumbled
across one of the many online will writing services.
While this may look like a fast, efficient way to prepare your last will and
testament, it may have left you with some unanswered questions.
Here we will take a look at the positives and negatives of using an online
service for your will preparation.
Preparing a will online saves a trip to the solicitors office and means that you
can write your Read More »