A WILL is your business

Don’t put it off

Having a Will written professionally is not expensive

The process is not complicated perhaps two visits to a solicitor (or a solicitor can visit you).

Don’t put it off any longer for the sake of your peace of mind.

We’ve all got something to write down.

In some instances, the process can be free. Speak to a carer or a local independent charity.

If anything happens to you and your executor doesn’t know where to find the will, you might as well not have written one. You need to decide how to look after your will, then let your executor know where it is.

Where not to keep your will

Never keep your will in a bank safety deposit box.

When someone dies, the bank can’t open the deposit box until the executor gets probate (permission from the court to administer your affairs) – and probate can’t be granted without the will.

Always make sure that your will can be accessed without probate.

Never leave it with a private company or individual.

 Leave the work with a solicitor

If a solicitor writes your will, they will usually store the original free of charge and give you a copy.

Your solicitor can also get the Probate Service to store it. You must lodge it with them officially via your solicitor. There is, a flat fee of £20.

Solicitors are regulated so if the will is lost or damaged you have recourse to make things right.

IMPORTANT: If you keep the will never attach other documents to the will with staples, paperclips or anything else. They leave a mark on the will, raising questions about whether the will is missing a part or an amendment.

This makes things more difficult for your executor, which can be costly and time consuming.

For example, they might contact one of the witnesses to attest whether the document is the one they witnessed being signed.

Why do I need to use a solicitor?

There isn’t a legal requirement to use a solicitor, but problems that arise over unclear or poorly drafted Wills can be complicated and costly. Using a qualified solicitor brings peace of mind and reduces the risk of disputes arising.

REMEMBER, TELL YOUR SOLICITOR WHEN ANY OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE

AND DON’T FORGET THAT POWER OF ATTORNEY (LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY) BEFORE IT’S TO LATE TO HAVE A SAY ABOUT THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. It is also best done with your solicitor.