What is a Will?
Simply, a Will is a legal document in which you leave instructions as to what you want to happen to your belongings on your death.
Who can make a Will?
Anyone is eligible to make a Will, provided that they are over the age of 18 and have the mental capacity to understand what they are doing.
Why should I make a Will?
Anyone who dies without a Will is subject to the laws of intestacy. The intestacy laws essentially write a Will for you, with a set order as to who inherits what from your estate. The "backstop" beneficiary in intestacy, if all other possibilities have been exhausted, is the government. It is therefore important to make a Will, so that your estate goes to the people that you want it too.
Why can I not just use a Wills kit from a shop?
You can. A will can, in fact, be written on anything. The Court once ruled a Will valid in the 1800s when written by a sailor at sea on an egg shell! There are, however, several requirements when drafting and signing a Will that are very easy to get wrong, which would make your Will invalid. It may also be your intention to leave possessions "on trust," for example to a child, so that they inherit when they reach the ages of 18 or 21, which can be tricky to word. We would therefore recommend that anyone making a Will seek professional advice
Why use Hattons Solicitors?
At Hattons, our Wills team are committed to acting on your instructions, and providing as little or as much help as you want. We will not charge add on fees for storing your will, or insist on providing help with dealing with your estate after death. We understand that it is important that when drafting such a personal document that it does what you want it to, not what others think that it should.
Written by Mark Cotson- Solicitor
If you or your partner are thinking of writing a Will, and want the peace of mind that only professional expertise can bring, simply contact Hattons Wills solicitor on 0800 298 9690 or visit our website: www.hattonslaw.com