A Will ensures that your assets will pass to those you wish to inherit. Under a Will you choose people you trust to administer your estate (your Executors), they will be responsible for ensuring your beneficiaries receive their inheritance.
If you do not make a Will then the Rules of Intestacy will apply to your estate on your death. This may mean that those you would have wished to inherit may miss out, whilst people you would not wish to benefit do inherit from your estate.
If you already have a Will, it is important to make sure it still reflects your wishes. Circumstances and relationships change so it is best to think about your Will every few years, and in particular:
In order to advise you accurately, at our initial meeting we will need to establish the following:
We will then produce a draft Will for discussion.
Once your Will is complete, we will register the details with Will Certainty. Please see here.
Will Certainty does not need to see a copy of your Will to register it. Registration records the existence and tags the location of your Will on Certainty the National Will Register, so that the people you have left your estate to, or those you have chosen to be your executors, can find it when you have passed away. Registration ensures that if beneficiaries and executors are unaware that you have written a Will or forget where it’s located, it can be easily found by conducting a Register Will Search.
The existence of your Will and its location are confidential. Only when you have passed away can your Will’s location be declared. Even then, it will be disclosed only when the person searching for your Will has a genuine, bona fide interest and that person can provide a copy of your death certificate.
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