Writing a will
Writing a will
Do you want to make sure there are no disputes after you pass away and that your loved ones are cared for? Then write a will. If you need any help, feel free to contact us. We provide legal expertise for wills & probate.
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1. Start writing your will
If you'd like, you could start writing your will on any sheet of paper right now.
In theory, it only has to be signed by yourself and two witnesses to be valid. However, if you cross sections out or add something in, your will can become incoherent and invalid. We take you through the will writing procedure and advise you to start with a list of your assets. Carefully think about whom you want to leave what. Take joint possessions, leases and contracts into consideration. .
2. Content of your will
Your will can cover various topics and can become more complex the more assets and beneficiaries you involve. Writing a coherent will can seem like a difficult task. See our guide "" for more information and feel free to contact us. We can counsel you or write the will on your behalf.
3. Proofreading your will
With different assets and scenarios, a will can quickly become inconsistent or contradictory. If your will is not distinct, it can be considered invalid and your estate will be divided by the intestacy law. We advise you to have your will proofread and checked by a legal advisor. .
4. Signing your will
The signing of your will has to be witnessed by two parties who are not beneficiaries in your will. With their own signature, they have to verify the authenticity of the document. Your will is not valid if your signing hasn't been witnessed by two independent parties.
5. Storing your will
It is crucial that your will is easily found once it's needed. We advise you to not hiding it somewhere at home, but to keep it safe with a solicitor, a bank or a will storage company. In either case, make sure someone you trust, for example your knows where your will is stored and has access to it. .
6. Reviewing your will regularly
We advise you to review your will regularly particularly if your situation changes. Reasons to change your will could be the following:
- Your children have reached the age of 18 and you may want to change financial funds that you've assigned to them, or name one of them executors.
- A beneficiary died.
- You got remarried.
- You have new family members that you want to include in your will (e.g. grandchildren or great grandchildren).
- Your assets changed, e.g. you bought or sold a property.
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