Only three in ten people in the UK have a Will. It is often assumed that without a Will everything will pass to your partner or children but in reality, the laws of intestacy determine how your assets are distributed. An up-to-date Will ensures your loved ones are provided for and charitable causes close to your heart are remembered.

What are the benefits?

Making a Will gives you the opportunity to decide what happens to your money, property and possessions. It enables you to appoint an Executor to administer your estate in accordance with your wishes and allows you to nominate guardians for your children in the event of death. Making a Will can offer peace of mind for you and your family and may even minimise Inheritance Tax liability.

When should I make a Will?

It is good practice to review your Will from time to time particularly if your circumstances change, for example, if you get married or divorced, purchase a property, have children or grandchildren or receive inheritance.

Can I change an existing Will?

Your solicitor can help you update an existing Will using a form called a Codicil.

Should I use a solicitor?

We advise contacting a solicitor to have a Will written or updated. Template Wills that you complete yourself can be problematic if details are left out or if the wording is not correct. Making a Will doesn’t have to be a complicated or expensive process; your solicitor will help explain the terminology and will advise you of the things you need to consider before your appointment. Most solicitors will also advise you of the cost, which can start from as a little as £80 for a basic Will, prior to your appointment.