A will does not become binding until the person who makes it dies. Until that
point the person making the will is not bound at all and can change their mind
as often as they like by making a new will.
For guidance on what makes a valid will, see How do I make sure my Will is
As always, we’ll be on hand to give you guidance and checklists every step of
the way, so if you have any questions, you only have to ask.
If for whatever reason at any time you choose to cancel or revoke your Will this
can be done in one of two principal ways:
1. By destroying it.
2. By making a new one, which expressly revokes any previous Wills.
Destroying all previous Wills
Simply gather together all signed copies of your Will including those securely
stored elsewhere and destroy them for example by tearing them up, shredding them
or burning them. Alternatively you can get someone else to destroy them in your
Just because you have a will it doesn’t mean everyone’s going to be happy with
its contents when you die. Whilst everything might be very amicable now, start
talking inheritance and those you care about might not completely agree with
what your final wishes are, either through resentment or simply through not
understanding your Will’s contents.
A person can’t contest a will just because they’re unhappy with what it says.
Sometimes wills are challenged in court on the basis that they are not le
Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a tax levied on a deceased’s estate. The estate is,
with a few exceptions, everything the deceased owns immediately before death.
Normally the tax is charged at 40% of the value of the estate. However there are
lots of exemptions that mean currently only about 1 in 20 estates pay any IHT.
We explain these exemptions below.
Leaving all or part of your estate to your husband, wife or civil partner
The good news is that any gifts made in your will to your spouse or civil
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
thread of seekin Read More »
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 »