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Contact our Will Writing Solicitors for an initial consultation about writing a Will. For expert legal advice call Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9055 or contact us online.
Writing a Will is one of the most important things you can do. It ensures that your wishes regarding your money, your possessions and your property are carried out after you die.
If you die without a Will it can lead to unintended financial problems and emotional distress for your family. Writing a Writing a Will is very important and your will should be reviewed regularly.
Having an up to date will is especially important if you have children under 18, if you are not married, if you are contemplating marriage, becoming or already divorced, own joint property or have specific funeral plans.
A Will is a legal document and so any small errors in the wording are open to interpretation and these can cause problems.
It's always best to consult a specialist Will Writing Solicitor for legal advice and to remove the possibility of dying 'Intestate' i.e. without a legal Will, because without a Will the Intestacy Rules will come into effect and these rules can be very harsh on loved ones.
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One of the first decisions to make when writing a Will is choosing the Executors. These are the people who will be responsible for carrying out the instructions in your Will after you die.
It’s important to choose someone who will be able to handle the pressure because the role of an Executor can be demanding. You also have to name a substitute Executor especially if your primary Executor is your partner or spouse.
You should also consider who would be Guardian to any children under 18 years old. If you are setting up a Trust as part of your Will, you will need to name the Trustees who will manage the money or property until it passes to the beneficiaries.
When it comes to your possessions you can list specific legacies in your Will. For example if you want to leave a piece of jewellery or a family heirloom to a family member, these legacies can be written into your Will; along with any money you would like to donate to charity.
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