It is perfectly legal for you to write your own Will. Most people’s affairs are
relatively straightforward and are perfectly suited to using our services. Affio
allows you to express your wishes simply and clearly and then translates them
into the same legal language as a solicitor would use.
It is important your Will is legally valid, clear and will do exactly as you
want it to – that is why getting the right sort of help in putting it together
is vital. A poorly drafted Will could mean the f
What you decide to include (or not) in your Will is up to you. You can go into
as much detail as you want, or just cover the basics – it is more about making
sure your savings and possessions (your estate) go to the people you want it to
Being absolutely clear about who you want to benefit when you die will not only
remove any doubt and help avoid any family disputes, but also help your loved
ones sort out your affairs at what will be a difficult time for them.
First things first
Young or old, if you’re over 18 you should have a Will. Let’s face it no one
knows what’s around the corner and it makes sense to be prepared.
If you’re at the younger end of the scale with no health issues or
responsibilities, perhaps getting a Will in place isn’t the top of your
priorities, but still shouldn’t be something you keep putting off.
When a Will should be a priority
It obviously becomes more important to have a Will if you’re older or you have
health issues. It is also important i
There are a number of formalities you’ll need to follow to make sure your Will
is legally valid. If your Will is deemed to be invalid when you die, your estate
will have to be dealt with as if there was no Will, being distributed according
to the rules of intestacy and not as you’d requested.
The good news is that the rules for making a valid Will are quite easy to comply
with, so really there’s no excuse for getting it wrong.
For a Will to be legally valid it must be:
* Made by someone who is
Yes, you can leave your estate to whoever you choose. Children tend to be a
popular choice and they can still inherit, even if they are under 18.
Where a child is under 18 their inheritance will be held in a trust for them
until they are 18. When you make your will you appoint the trustees to oversee
Until the child reaches 18, the trustees are able to use the inheritance and any
income from investing it for the benefit of the child.
You can read more about trustees in our t
If you have documented your wishes that are to be carried out after your death
in the form of a will, you will need to review it periodically.
Having your estate and finances distributed to people of your choosing can be
handled legally by way of a will. However if your circumstances change you may
want to alter things like beneficiaries or change assets that are bequeathed to
a specific person.
Life brings about many changes and there are a number of instances where you may
need to amend your Read More »
In the eventuality that the unthinkable happens, you will need a will to make
provision for your partner or spouse. This will not only ensure that they are
financially provided for, it will saves months of painful legal process and
potential disagreements with other relatives.
Making a will is not always on the forefront of everyone's mind especially when
daily living, work, and other things take over. However, it is a sound part of
your overall financial planning.
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Traditionally, the way to write a will and get your affairs in order has been to
engage the services of a solicitor. Having expert help to walk you through the
legal steps required gives a level of comfort and security when it comes to
making plans for your estate.
It also comes at a price.
Using a solicitor to document how you want your finances and assets managed in
the event of your passing does not come cheap. It can also take more than one
appointment which can rack up the cost.
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You may have thought once or twice about preparing your will. It is one of those
tasks that is easily put off, but it is essential to protect your family, your
estate, and convey your wishes legally and effectively.
However, like many others you may have delayed writing your will for any number
It can be time consuming
It can be stressful or unpleasant
It can be expensive
To draft a will in the traditional manner you will need to book an appointment
with a solicitor, sort out Read More »
Now the hangover has passed and we are back into daily routine here are three
simple things you should sort out in the New Year to keep your AFFairs In Order
(thats the origin of the affio name).
1. Write your Will – it should take between half an hour and an hour to do on
affio. Print it, sign it in front of witnesses and put it somewhere safe.
Tell someone you trust where your Will is! Wills are much simpler than
people realise and it is better to have something and come back lat Read More »