Why should you make a will?
Making a will ensures that your wishes are carried out on your death. If you don’t have a valid will, your estate will be distributed as directed by the rules of intestacy, which may not meet your needs or those of your family. For more information on the financial reasons to make a will, see the Gov.uk website
How to find a solicitor
It is important to get independent advice from a solicitor when making or updating your will. To find a solicitor in your area, visit The Law Society Website.
Things to consider before meeting with a solicitor:
- Start by calculating the value of your estate – see below for more information
- Think about who you would like to include as beneficiaries in your will
- Think about who you would like to have guardianship of your children if relevant
- Decide who you would like to be executors of the will; people you trust to ensure that your wishes are carried out
- Think about whether you would like to leave a gift to your favourite charity or charities
Updating your will
It’s important to update your will if your circumstances or priorities change. Sometimes you just need to add a codicil to make small changes or additions.
Keeping your will safe
It’s sensible to leave the original with your solicitor or in another safe place such as your bank. Keep a copy at home and make sure your executors know where to find it.