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
Free wills month is upon us and if you happen to be 55 or over this provides you
with the chance to create your will completely free of charge. If you have ever
considered making a will and have been baffled by the terminology this guide
will provide a fast reference for common rules and terminology in plain English.
1.What Makes A Will Valid?
It must be made by a person who is of sound mind who is over 18, voluntarily and
without pressure. It must be signed by 2 witnesses that are not benefic Read More »
You may have seen notices or advertisements promoting Free Wills Month. If you
are not sure what it is all about then this article will help you to understand
what the Free Wills Month program is all about and learn about its benefits.
Free Wills Month takes place in March and October each year and offers you the
chance to prepare your will free of charge. The offer applies to those 55 years
of age and older and may be used to create your first will or to create a whole
new will even if you ha Read More »
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 »