Help writing a Will

Make your Will your new year’s resolution

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.  Why not make writing a Will, or refreshing your current Will, your new year’s resolution.  It’s easier than you think. 

How we can help you prepare your Will

Writing a Will is something people often put off. The whole process can seem daunting but it doesn’t need to be. Being prepared before you visit a Will writing professional is the key to saving you time and money. Here's how we can help.

Download our free Will Guide

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:

Your regional Wills and Legacies Officer

Our information service is here to help you through the process of planning and making a Will. We have Wills and Legacies Officers in your local area who can offer free, confidential and impartial information in person, in writing or over the phone. They can also help if you need a copy of your Will in another format, such as Braille.

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 a gift in your Will can make everyday better for everyone affected by sight loss, now and in the future.

Why having a Will is so important

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.

Things to consider when preparing to write your Will

  • Estimate the value of your estate. Draw up one list with the current value of everything you own (your assets) and another of all your debts (your liabilities). If your estate is worth more than the current threshold it could be liable to Inheritance Tax.
  • Decide who you want to include. Gifts can be anything you own and can take the form of specific items, cash amounts or a percentage of your estate.
  • Leaving a gift to charity. Are there any causes you are passionate about? Leaving a legacy to your favourite charities is a great way to continue your support and will be exempt from Inheritance Tax.
  • Choose who you want to be executors and guardians for your children, if appropriate.
  • Take essential information with you. Take a list of the full names and addresses of everyone you want to benefit from your Will. If you are considering leaving a legacy to RNIB, thank you, our address is:
    Royal National Institute of Blind People
    105 Judd Street
    WC1H 9NE
    Registered charity number 226227

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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