If you don’t have a will, maybe it’s time you gave it some thought. If you have any significant assets, like a house, it’s a very good idea. If you have children, you should really look to get a will sorted now. A will lays out who gets what when you die. It also gives details of who should take care of your children if you die whilst they still need looking after. It’s important stuff. Dying without a valid will in place can leave a real headache for your nearest and dearest to deal with.
Using a professional will writer to prepare your will means you can be confident that it covers everything it should and that has been prepared properly and will, therefore, stand. Our job is to listen to your wishes and create a document that accurately reflects them. We’ll ask the right questions to make sure you’ve thought of everything. We’ll also help you understand all of the terms used in will writing, like executor, beneficiary and trustees, and the role each of these people plays. We can also remind you of some of the less obvious things to think about, such as what will happen to your social media accounts.
We’ll make sure that your will can be understood by your executors, and by the Probate Court, making life easier for all involved. We can even store your will using a dedicated, secure service that will make your will much easier to track down when needed.
Reviewing your will
If you do already have a will, you should check it from time to time to make sure you’re still happy with it. If you have an old will, it will be used, even if it’s not what your wishes are now. We can help you update an existing will to reflect any changes in your life.
Five very good reasons to make a will
- You get to decide who gets what when you die. Without a will, you will lose control of your estate.
- You decide who will take care of your children (if they’re under 18). Without a will, the court will choose among family members or a state-appointed guardian.
- It avoids a lengthy probate process. Most estates must go through probate. Having a will speeds up the process meaning any beneficiaries have access to their share sooner.
- It saves your loved ones a lot of trouble. If everything is there in black and white, there’s much less admin for them to deal with. And less chance of disagreement!
- It can minimise inheritance tax. More of what you own will go where you want it, rather than being paid in taxes when you die.
Will appointment preparation checklist
Before your meeting with our will writer, it’s important to prepare and think about some of the areas we will cover in drafting your will. Below is a guide as to the sort of details we need from you.