Want to make a New Year’s Resolution that will make a difference to those closest to you? If you’ve not yet written a Will, make it your goal to get this vital document in place in 2024.
- Do you know what will happen to your estate when you die?
- Do you know who you want to leave your estate to?
- Do you have particular wishes you’d want to be followed?
Making a Will is so important. But why?
- Leave your estate to those you care about
Without a Will, your property will be distributed in line with intestacy laws which may not reflect your wishes.
If you’re not married or in a civil partnership, your partner won’t automatically inherit your estate unless you’ve made a Will to say that they should.
A Will is vital if you want to protect your partner’s home, or their other financial affairs, and allows you to plan for the tax-efficient distribution of your estate to protect the interests of those you care about.
- Make things easier after you die
By making some difficult decisions for those you leave behind – such as setting out your funeral arrangements, stating who is to receive certain belongings and naming your children’s guardian – you’re helping them through what is likely to be a challenging time.
- Your Will may not be valid if your circumstances have changed
A Will you’ve written in the past may no longer be valid if your circumstances have changed. For example, if you’ve married, remarried, entered a civil partnership, if you’ve divorced, separated or dissolved a civil partnership, or following the birth or adoption of children.
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If you have access to Adroit Legal Services benefits, call your dedicated helpline or visit your microsite to start writing your Will with our national Will writing experts.
This article has been prepared by Adroit Legal Services and is not intended to constitute legal advice.
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