The Basics

The articles in this section give you all the basic information about your Will.

Who should make a Will?

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

How do I make sure that my Will is legal?

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

Why make a Will?

Having a Will can make sorting out your affairs much clearer and easier for your friends and family at what will already be a difficult time for them. It is only by having a Will that you have a say in the things that matter to you. These can include: * Who your estate will be left to – especially important if you’re not married to your partner. * Any specific wishes or funeral arrangements to be carried out. * Minimising the amount of inheritance tax to be paid. * If you have children,