- CliveLv 710 months ago
Your will says who you want your money and everything you own to go to when you die. If you don't make one, the law says who will get it, which will be your closest relatives, and that might not be what you want. Certainly if you have a partner you're not married to, they will get nothing because they're not a relative. So make a will and you can say exactly what you DO want.
It's important to get it right because nobody can ask you what you meant when you're dead - and that's the only time anyone will want to read it!
As you asked the question, obviously you don't know how to do it, so the best advice is to find a solicitor and pay them to write it. First decide how you want to divide everything up and who should get specific things or amounts of money, You could also leave money to a favourite charity. You also need to decide on an executor (preferably two) who will have to follow your instructions when the time comes. Now see a solicitor with your notes and you won't waste time with him or her - their time costs money so do your thinking first in your own time! Then they can write it up in the right kind of language and get it signed and witnesses - your signature must be witnessed by two people who also sign it or it's not a valid will.
- NosehairLv 710 months ago
A will is pretty important, get some legal help to make sure it will be upheld.
- PAMELALv 710 months ago
You see a lawyer, so that when you die your money and property go to who you want it to go to.
- xxx000auLv 710 months ago
A will is a document that defines what you want to happen to your property after you die.
Before you even consider what that will be, you need to sit down and write briefly exactly what that will be.
So for example.
If you have a child you may say, I want all my possessions to go to my son. You may attach a restraint saying when he reaches 21.
Who and any requirements are all things you need to have settled in your mind before seeking legal advice.
You also need to decide who will act as your executor. Best to have at least 2 and be realistic.
If you are say aged 20 dont go selecting Uncle Sam who is 70. The chances are he will be long gone before you. On the other side of the fence dont pick someone who is say under 18 as you could go tomorrow and they will not know what to do. The executor have to be asked before hand and agree to do it.
Your selected child if there is a sibling, they may contest because they were left out. Even if the nominated child is the only one today, remember more could come along.
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- MaxiLv 710 months ago
Unless you know what the legal requirements are for writing a Will, you go and see a solicitor and get them to draft one after giving them the details
- Lord BaconLv 710 months ago
You can buy a will-writing kit from stationery shops or on line or from some charities. It is not expensive. It is not complicated but it is easy to make mistakes. To make sure it is done properly, you can get a solicitor to prepare a will for you. There are also will-writing companies, some of whom will charge less than a solicitor and some of whom will try to sell you other services. They are not bound by the same rules of conduct as solicitors.
A will just says who you want to inherit what from your estate. You have to sign the will in front of two independent witnesses (who could be any sane adults but not someone named in the will) and they also have to sign to say they witnessed you signing it. A will is no good if no one can find it so it makes sense to keep it somewhere it will be found when you die or to tell relatives where it is.
We write a will to make sure our estate (all the stuff and property and money we own) is given to the people WE choose after our death. If we don't have a will, people we may not like or may have no contact with could be entitled to our estate. If we don't have a will and don't have relatives who can claim our stuff, then the government gets it all.
Something else to think about is who will do all the sorting out of our will after we die and who will make sure everyone gets what we said in the will. The person who does this job is called the 'executor' of your will. It makes sense to agree in advance who will do it. My executor is specified in my will. It s not a straightforward job as the executor has to seek legal permission to sort out your estate and has to pay any taxes due if your estate was worth a lot of money. You might have heard the word 'Probate'. This refers to this process of seeking and being granted permission to sort out your stuff after you die.
It sounds more complicated than it is. Don't let this put you off writing your will. Every so often, UK solicitors hold a 'free will' week or month or special offers of will writing.