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.
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:
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.
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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