Writing a will
Writing a will is one of the most important parts of planning for the end of your life. By making a will you can express your ‘final wishes’ and decide what you would like to leave your family and friends.
Although you are not required by law to make a will, if you die without one your possessions and property will be distributed according to the law, which may not be as you would wish.
There is considerable confusion among the public about the technicalities and legalities involved in the will-writing process, and a concern that it isan expensive and time-consuming process. But this doesn't have to be the case. Many charities ey do not need to be and the practical aspects of making a will can help people begin to consider how they want to be remembered and what is important at their end of life.
Registering a Will
Not being able to locate a Will can cause untold distress and potential financial loss to your family or beneficiaries. By registering a Will you can be sure that when the time comes your benefactors will know where to find it. You can register your Will for free on Certainty’s National Will Register. Certainty is the chosen Will Register of the legal profession and public alike, with thousands of Wills being registered, searched for, and found daily.
Leaving a gift to charity
Once you’ve looked after your family and friends, you may wish to consider supporting your favourite charity or charities by leaving a gift in your Will. Remember A Charity is a consortium of more than 140 charities who work together to encourage more people to consider leaving a gift to charity in their Will. Visit their website for further information on writing a Will.
The official government website for UK citizens, Direct Gov, contains useful information on how to write a will, what should be included, where to keep it and how to update it.
- Direct Gov: Making a will
If you want help with writing a will, as there are legal formalities to follow to ensure your will is valid and legally binding, it is important that you use a reputable solicitor. A solicitor can also advise you about how Inheritance Tax affects you. For more information on how to write a will and where to find a solicitor visit:
- The Law Society: www.lawsociety.org.uk/home.law
- Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners: www.step.org
Other useful sources of information and advice include: