Making a Will
Some people choose to make their own will. We think that’s a mistake. Although writing your own may seem easy enough, the law around wills can be complex.
When you make a homemade will, you risk not drawing it up properly or not expressing your intentions clearly enough. It’s also easy to create a tax liability which your beneficiaries will have to pay. Finally, a DIY will is more likely to be contested, which means the whole process of giving away your assets could end up in court.
That’s why, when you make your will, it’s important you have it drafted by someone who understands the law and can advise you on the best way to make sure your assets end up where you want them to. And that means engaging a solicitor.
What is a will?
A will is a legal document which sets out who’ll receive your property and possessions when you die.
When you have a valid will, you give yourself the best chance of making sure your assets go where you want them to. So you should always make a will if you have a family or if other people are financially dependent on you.
What makes a will valid?
A will generally needs three things to be valid:
- It must be in writing (whether handwritten, typed or printed)
- It must be signed, and
- Your signature must be witnessed by two other people who also need to sign the will.
But even where you’ve met these three requirements, your assets can’t be distributed immediately. Sometimes, a court needs to grant probate first.
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