DO I REALLY NEED A WILL?

Trusts and Wills

Making a will enables you and your family to plan exactly what happens to your estate following your demise. This ensures that those who you want to benefit do just that.

 

You can also use your will to tell people about any other wishes you have, like instructions for your burial or cremation.

Your executor will do their best to make sure your wishes are followed, as long as they don’t involve breaking the law.

It might not always be possible for your executors to carry out your instructions.

For example, a person you want to leave something to might die before you do, but if you have a will there’s a better chance of things happening the way you want.

Did you know?

Don’t delay It’s easy to make a will – and it will save your family unnecessary distress at an already difficult time.

A will makes it much easier for your family or friends to sort everything out when you die – without a will the process can be more time consuming and stressful.

If you don’t write a will, everything you own will be shared out in a standard way defined by the law – which isn’t always the way you might want.

A will can help reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax that might be payable on the value of the property and money you leave behind.

Writing a will is especially important if you have children or other family who depend on you financially, or if you want to leave something to people outside your immediate family.

Your wishes and who carries them out

We'll guide you through your options - and help you to start making a will

If your family is small and you want to leave everything to them, making your will is fairly straightforward.

If your situation is more complicated – for example, if you have a second family or you want to leave money and gifts to lots of people – you’ll need to plan more carefully.

Either way, don’t put it off – make sure that what you leave behind will go to the people you intended.