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How To Make A Cast-Iron Will

Towards the end of last month, we blogged about the landmark case of Heather Ilot who appealed in court against her mother's will after three animal charities were left her estate back in 2004.

The concern now is that the Court of Appeal's decision to award Ms Illot £164,000 after being left nothing initially will pave the way for other people to challenge their family's wills.

However, if you have your will made up properly by Cheshire wills specialists and it has been done correctly, your wishes will not be ignored.

When having your will written and plan to disinherit someone in favour of a charity, you need to prove that you have strong links to the trust in question, which will make it harder for the document to be challenged.

Whatever you do, avoid using DIY will kits (which you can buy from stationers) as this could mean the document could be open to legal challenges.

When making a will, you need to be at least 18 years old and be of sound mind. The document must be witnessed in order to be legal and make sure that you use it to make provisions for any dependents under the age of 18. Appoint someone you trust to act as executor and don't forget to include in the will what you'd like to happen after you die - whether you want to be buried or cremated, where the service should be and what kind of funeral you'd like to have.

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