What is a last Will and Testament?
A last Will and Testament (also known as just a Will) allows you to decide and put in writing who receives what from your estate. Your estate is made up of your house, savings and investments, insurance and any sentimental items.
By writing a Will, you are ensuring that your final wishes are secured and put in writing and that your loved ones will be protected and cared for according to your instructions.
Because everybody’s needs and circumstances are different, a Will which is tailored to reflect your exact instructions is often the best option. This is where our qualified consultants step in.
If you require a Will at short notice, we also provide an Express Will Service which guarantees a complete Will ready to be signed within three working days of your instructions being submitted.
Or if you are comfortable doing it yourself you can go to our DIY section and have a Will made in minutes.
What does a last Will and Testament contain?
All Wills should cover:
- Who is in charge of dealing with and administering your estate (your executor(s))
- Who the beneficiaries are and what they all receive out of your property and possessions
Your Will could also contain information on whether you would prefer to be buried or cremated.
A Will ensures that:
- Somebody you trust is appointed to manage your estate
- Any young children are looked after by guardians you know and trust
- Your family and loved ones receive as much of your estate as possible
- You have total peace of mind in the knowledge that your final wishes are in order and your loved ones are cared for
What are the legal requirements of a last Will and Testament?
For a Will to be legally valid, you must:
- Be 18 or over
- Be making the Will voluntarily
- Be of sound mind
- Make it in writing
- Sign it in the presence of two witnesses who are both over 18
- Have it signed by two witnesses in your presence
- Not leave your witnesses (or their married partners) anything in your Will
Why should I write a last Will and Testament?
There are some circumstances in which it is especially important to have a Will. These include:
- If you have children or other financial dependents, including stepchildren
- To protect your partner if you’re not married
- If you want to leave assets to anyone outside of your immediate family
- If you want to reduce your inheritance tax liability
If you don’t write a Will, your assets will be shared out under the laws of intestacy and this may be completely contrary to your wishes. Having a Will in place also can help avoid disagreements and makes it easier for your family and friends to sort out your estate after you die.
Will Writing Services
At Just Wills & Legal Services, we offer you a range of different ways to make your Will. These are :
- Home Visit Wills – where one of our consultants will visit your home and take instructions for your Will in person
- Video Call Wills – you give instructions for your Will over video link and one of our consultants will write a Will for you based on your instructions. Under current legislation you will also be able to have your Will witnessed over video link. Contact us to book a free 20 minute Video or phone call to discuss your requirements
- DIY Wills – DIY Wills are made using up to the minute technology which enables you to make a basic Will- quick and easy if you know what you want.
When should I write a Will?
Whichever kind of Will you choose, don’t delay. The sooner you write your Will, the better. You do not have to wait until you are older or unwell. Having a Will in place will help you feel confident that your wishes will be carried out after you die and will save you and your family members emotional uncertainty in the long run.
Making a Will really is one of the most thoughtful things you can do for those you care about. We can ensure that everything you have worked hard for is protected by your Will and that your final wishes are carried out, down to the very last detail.
If you would like further details or would like to arrange an appointment in person or online, please contact us.
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