The team of specialist wills and probate lawyers at PDA Law are here to help write your will to a standard that ensures it is interpreted correctly upon your death, meaning your estate will pass to those you intended. We can advise you on the most efficient way of planning your estate, provide guidance on everything you need to take into account from a legal perspective and even write your will on your behalf.
If you would like some advice on your will, or help creating a will from scratch, talk to our expert private client solicitors today for a free no obligation consultation. Call us on 01244 373 373 or fill out our online contact form.
Writing your will
Writing a will is an essential task when planning for the future. Having a will ensures that your money, property and possessions will go to those intended after you die. If you die without having written a will or your will is not drafted correctly, your family and loved ones will have no control over where your estate goes, and your assets may not end up with your intended recipients.
A will should outline what happens to your estate and any dependants you have upon your death. Before writing your will, you must make key decisions about your estate. You can leave it to anyone you wish.
Your will should outline:
- What happens to any children you have
- Who your property, finances and possessions are left to
- Any funeral plans you have
- What happens to your business
- Who your executor is
Choosing an executor and trustee
The executor of your estate must carry out the instructions left in your will. This can be a demanding task, so should be left to someone who can handle the pressure it brings.
The role of executor can be carried out by somebody you trust, or a professional. It is recommended, however, that you use a solicitor as your executor to ensure there are no legal mistakes that could affect your plans or your family.
A trustee is the person who takes on the responsibility to set aside any money that has been left in a trust for another person. The trustee must look after the money until the terms of the trust states so. A trustee does not benefit in any way from the trust, they are simply there to ensure the terms of the trust are met.
Who needs to witness my will?
In order to validate the document and avoid any future disputes, the signing of your will should be witnessed by two independent parties. These independent witnesses must be 18 years old or older. In order for your will to be valid, the witnesses must not be family members, beneficiaries or spouses of beneficiaries of your will.
Updating your will
If your family circumstances change, you must update your will so it still reflects your wishes.
You should update your will if you:
- Get married
- Enter a civil partnership
- Get divorced
- Dissolve a civil partnership
- Have a child
- Adopt a child
Do you need help updating your will? If so, we can help. Contact us today.
Why PDA Law?
PDA Law is highly experienced in writing and updating clients’ wills. We can write your will in an accurate and efficient manner, so you can rest assured that your assets go to those you intend upon your death.
If you need advice or would like help writing or updating your will, contact our specialist probate team today. We offer free no obligation consultations, so take advantage today by calling PDA Law on 01244 373 373.