A will outlines what you want to happen to your property when you die. And how you want any dependants (spouse, partner, children) to be looked after. Once you die, your property (including any debts) is called your estate.

Do you need a will?

If you die without one (this is called ‘intestate’), your property and belongings could go to someone you might not have chosen. And your loved ones might not be supported. So it’s a good idea for everyone to have a will.

Why you need a lawyer to draw it up

Simply writing down what you want to happen when you die, without getting a lawyer to draw it up for you, means your will might not be legally valid. We can also make sure you know all your options, such as the powers you can choose to give your executor (the person who carries out the instructions in your will).

Making things clear

There are quite a few things you can specify. You could gift things to particular people, or say how you want your funeral to be. If you have children, you may want to appoint a guardian. You can be clear about who will benefit from your will.

When you make a will, it’s also a good idea to put in place an enduring power of attorney. This allows someone to act for you if you can no longer look after yourself or make decisions. But it has to be made while you are still of sound mind.

We’re here to help. And drawing up a will doesn’t have to be complicated or cost a lot. So get in touch if you would like to talk to us about your options.