What is a Will?
A Will is the legal document by which Executors are appointed to administer an individual’s estate after their death and which lays out the individuals wishes for the handling of their affairs and estate.
What is an Executor
An Executor is the individual who is assigned authority to handle your estate after your death. This can include making lists of all assets and debts, settling all deceased debts and paying out any inheritance tax necessary, locating heirs and distributing the contents of the Will, and even arranging for care of any minor children or pets.
Is a Will invalid if not prepared by a Solicitor?
It is perfectly valid to have a Will prepared without the involvement of a pricey solicitors. It is even possible to prepare a “DIY Will” on-line although we strongly advise against this as the handling of your estate and affairs is not something you want to get wrong. There is a safe 'middle-ground' between the two extremes - why not book a consultation with one of our professional Will Writers who can see to it that the will accurately reflects your wishes.
Why do I need two witnesses?
This practice is in accordance with an 1837 law that when a person signs a Will the act must be witnessed by two independent adults (non-beneficiaries of the Will). To be valid the two witnesses must actually see the physical act of signing of the Will and the person making the Will equally must see the witnesses sign.
If I get married, is my existing Will still valid?
A marriage will effectively annul any Will you currently have and unless you prepared a new one, your estate will be distributed in accordance with the Law of Intestacy, just as though you had never prepared a will before.
So, if your circumstances have recently changed, it is important to keep your Will up to date to reflect this. We provide reviews every two years to amend and update your Will.
If my partner and I both die, what will happen to our children?
Unless you have appointed Guardians for your children in a valid will, if you and your partner should both die they would become “Wards of the Court” and Social Services would decide with whom they would live.