For Individuals & Families Making a Will

Don't leave things to chance – having a Will in place can make the difference between your family and loved ones being provided for, or not, after your death.

Making a Will is something that many people don’t like to think about but having one in place can make the difference between your family and loved ones being provided for, or not, after your death. MacRoberts’ experienced Will solicitors can help you look after the people you care about.

 

Leaving a Will behind means your possessions go to the people you want to have them, family members are put under less stress at an already upsetting time, and it can help stop disputes over your assets because you have left clear instructions about your wishes. If you do not have a Will in place, the law will decide who gets what – so don’t leave it to chance.

Who should have a Will?

Everyone should have a Will, but it is even more important that you have one if you own property, have children, have savings, shares or investments, or own your own business. Without a Will, you can’t be sure that your estate will be passed to the people you want to have them.

Are there different types of Wills?

Yes – you can have single Wills (just you), Mirror Wills (normally with your partner) or Trust Wills (your trustees manage your things after you leave). Which one you pick depends on your circumstances. We can advise which one suits you best.

Who will become my child’s legal guardian if I die?

If you don’t have a Will, it could be left up to a judge to decide who cares for your children. If you want a specific person you trust to look after them, it is vital that you name them in your Will, otherwise they may go to someone you might not have chosen.

I am not married – will my partner be entitled to my estate?

If you do not have a Will, you cannot be sure your loved ones will get what you want them to. If you are not married or in a civil partnership, your partner will not be automatically entitled to your estate, even if you live together.

Can I write my own Will?

In theory, yes, but it is not something we would advise. There are many things that can go wrong when writing your own Will – using the wrong wording or misspelled words can mean that your instructions won’t be followed or, worse, it could make your Will invalid.

What’s involved in creating a Will?

Our Will solicitors will speak with you to understand your situation and wishes. We will cover things such as guardianship of your children, who will execute your Will, inheritance tax, charitable beneficiaries and any funeral preferences you may have. Your Will can then be formally signed and witnessed to be made legal.

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