A Will is one of the most important documents you'll ever write.
It's the only way to secure your support for the people and causes you care about. Although the process of making a Will can often seem daunting and costly, it is easier than you think.
Writing a Will is something people often put off. The whole process can seem daunting but it can be easier than you think. Being prepared before you visit a Will writing professional is the key to saving you time and money. Here's how we can help.
Our Will guide is full of useful information on making or amending your Will. You can download a copy of the Will guide or it can be sent to you in the post in print, large print, braille or on audio CD. Request your free copy:
We have a team of regionally based Wills and Legacies Advisers who offer free, confidential and impartial information to our supporters who are writing or updating their Will. They can offer help over the phone, in writing or in person. They will go through the stages of planning your Will in a straightforward way; identifying any issues or information you'll need prior to your visit to a Will writing professional.
If you don't already have a solicitor or Will writer they can give you details of professionals in your area with RNIB supporter rates. They can also help should you require a copy of your Will in another format, such as Braille or audio CD. They also have a wealth of information at their fingertips about the work we do and how your legacy will be spent to help blind and partially sighted people in the future.
Making your Will gives you the chance to put your affairs in order and to avoid any confusion about your wishes after you die. An up-to-date, professionally written Will is the only way to ensure the people and causes you care about are provided for.
If you die without making a Will your possessions will be distributed according to UK law intestacy rules, which will not necessarily be how you would wish. By writing a Will you decide who you want to benefit. If you are not married or in a civil partnership, your partner will not automatically inherit your estate if you do not have a valid Will. See GOV.UK - making a Will for more information on the financial reasons to make a Will.
Once you have a Will it's vital to keep it up to date. You should review your Will at least every two years to make sure it takes into account any changes in your life. For example if you have recently married or divorced, become parents or grandparents, recently retired or moved house - any changes to your marital, family or financial circumstances could mean that your Will needs updating.
Please note that areas of the law relating to Wills can be different in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Your Will writing professional will be able to advise you on this.
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