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10 Reasons to Make a Will

Wills – 10 reasons to make yours now!

  1. Have you got a crystal ball?!
    You cannot predict what is going to happen to you or your loved ones, that is why it is important to write your will now to protect your family into the future, wills can be made by anyone over the age of 18 who are a UK citizen.
  2. Choose who gets your possessions
    By not leaving a will, your assets are distributed according to the law of intestacy (link to https://www.gov.uk/inherits-someone-dies-without-will) this could mean the people you want to receive your assets may not. By writing a will you get to decide.
  3. Leave a gift to someone other than family
    You can also specify a gift to leave to a friend or maybe a neighbour, a gift doesn’t have to be monetary, you can specify particular items of property such as jewellery or a special painting.
  4. Avoid family disputes
    By writing your will, you make your wishes clear. Death is an upsetting and stressful time – by writing your will you are helping to ease the situation.
  5. Your funeral wishes
    including your Funeral wishes in your will ensures you stay in control of your arrangements, such as whether you are cremated or buried. You may also have a specific place you would like to be buried at or have your funeral held at.
  6. You decide who controls your estate
    By appointing executors (the person you choose to handle your affairs when you die) you can choose the person or people you trust to administer your estate and fulfil your wishes.
  7. Protect your partner
    If you and your partner are unmarried (sometimes called “common law spouses”) then your partner is not automatically entitled to inherit any of your estate, which means they could end up with nothing. Including an unmarried partner in your Will can ensure that they receive your wishes.
  8. Your children…
    By appointing guardians in your will you choose who will take care of your children when you are no longer around. The court will decide if you do not leave a will
  9. Pets…
    Pets are often considered as important family members, by including them in your will you ensure they will be well cared for after your death.
  10. Charities
    many people also choose a charity to leave a gift too- this can sometimes have tax advantages for your estate (link to https://www.gov.uk/inheritance-tax/gifts) link to https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/the-tax-benefits-of-giving-to-charity#cutting-your-inheritance-tax-bill

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