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Making a Will - Your Need to Know Guide

Making a will is a priority for any adult with assets, and particularly for people with children. It ensures that your wishes are carried out after your death.

A solicitor will speak to you in confidence about your ‘estate’ - ­the assets you have built up - ­and your wishes for your family’s care.

Your solicitor will need to know:

  • What you own: houses (in the UK and abroad), cars, valuable possessions, business assets, savings, shares etc.
  • How you would like your estate divided when you die - who will be the ‘beneficiaries’?
  • Specific instructions if you have children under the age of 18: who would be their guardian and how would you structure your finances to care for them?
  • Any instructions for when you die - ­do you wish to be buried or cremated?
  • Who you wish to appoint as executors of your will - ­people whom you trust and who will carry out your wishes after your death. These can be friends, family or professional people.

Your solicitor will draw up the legal document and then keep it safe for you, however, if your personal circumstances change you should update your will to reflect this.  For example if you marry, enter a civil partnership or divorce an existing will becomes invalid.

If you die without a valid will, the 'Rules of Intestacy' apply and your estate will be divided in a set way. It may not include people who you wished to benefit and it also may not be carried out in the most tax-efficient way.

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