If you’re approaching a certain age and are starting to think about what will happen to your estate after you die, now’s the time to talk to a Cheshire wills and probate specialist so you can get your affairs in order in time.
Writing a will is very important because if you die without one, the law will decide who gets what out of your property, money and possessions. You can also make sure that you don’t end up paying more inheritance tax than necessary if you have a will in place.
You can write it yourself but you should always seek independent legal advice so you know your will is interpreted how you want it. It will also need to be formally witnessed and signed in order for it to be valid and completely legal.
When writing a will, make sure that you set out who you want to benefit and who will be the executor of your estate – the person to carry out your wishes once you’ve passed on.
Wills can be difficult so seek legal advice if you share a house with someone you’re not legally married to or if you have a number of relatives who may make a claim, such as children from a previous marriage or a second spouse.
In order for your will to be legal, you must be over the age of 18, have made it voluntarily, be of sound mind and have it signed in the presence of two witnesses, both of whom must be over 18 as well.