A professionally drafted Will ensures that your money and possessions go to the people you want to benefit – not, for example, to a previous spouse or partner. A Will can make it easier for those nearest and dearest to you to settle bills, deal with bank accounts and resolve other financial and business affairs.
If you have children you can stipulate named guardians for under-18s in the event that both parents die. If you do not have children or a spouse or partner, you may wish to nominate friends, carers or charities to benefit from the money and possessions which make up your estate – all groups which will not benefit if you do not have a Will?
Due to the changing nature of families, a Will isn’t just appropriate for a husband and wife with children. Unmarried partners and couples with children from previous relationships all require careful consideration to make sure wishes are fully considered and that the Will reflects those wishes to make sure everyone is provided for.
Although, by law, a Will does not have to be drawn up or witnessed by a solicitor there are many situations where a solicitor’s help is vital to help you understand complicated legal jargon and ensure that you do not make a costly and damaging mistake which leaves your loved ones without the care and protection they deserve.