Wills and Testaments

When a person dies without leaving a will the law dictates what is to happen to their possessions be it a few pounds, some cherished objects or jewellery or a large amount of money.

By making a will you can decide what happens to your property and possessions after your death. Although you do not have to make one by law, it is the best way to make sure your estate is passed on to family and friends exactly as you wish. If you die without a will, your assets may be distributed according to the law rather than your wishes.

Wills sound like a very complicated legal process, which tends to make people shirk away from them. In truth a will is a letter of wish of how someone's assets should be distributed in the event of their death. It becomes a little more complicated with children and relatives that need to be taken into consideration.

There is no necessity to have a will drawn up by a solicitor but great care needs to be taken as sorting out an unclear will can lead to long and expensive court cases. There are many books and guides and printed forms available to help you. Nowadays you can download wills from the internet or buy them in a standard format from legal stationers.

Some people believe that writing a will is morbid and somehow tempting fate, others never quite get around to it while some people make several wills during their lifetime as circumstances change. To help those who live on after and to ensure that your property is dealt with as you want it to be you need to make a will.

Please see the Directgov website on further information about Making a Will.


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