Making a Will

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A Will is a document that sets out your intention regarding your estate when you die.

It is especially important to make a Will if you have young children. This is so you can appoint guardians and trustees for those children.

After you die, somebody must deal with your estate, that person is your executor it is the job of the executor to make sure your intention is followed.

It is possible to draw up a will yourself or you can hire a solicitor to help you. For a will to be legally valid, the following rules apply:

1              The will must be in writing

2              You must be over 18 (if you are or have been married you can be under 18)

3              You must be of sound mind

4              You must sign or mark the will or acknowledge the signature or mark in the presence of two witnesses.

5              Your two witnesses must sign the will in your presence

6              Your two witnesses cannot be people who will gain from your will and they must be present with you at the same time for their attestation to be valid.

7              The witnesses’ spouses/civil partners also cannot gain from your will.

8              Your witnesses must see you sign the Will, but they do not have to see what is written in it.

9              The signature or mark must be at the end of the will.