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7 Reasons You Should Write A Will

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1. Decide who inherits what

A will allows you to make gifts of money or specific items to individuals or charities of your choosing.  If you fail to write one, everything you own passes through and will be distributed in a manner laid down by the law.  Depending on your circumstances, the entirety of your estate could escheat to the crown.  Moreover, does not recognise unmarried partners or stepchildren.  As a result, even if you've lived together for many years, your cohabitant or stepchild may be left with nothing if you do not write a will.

2. Bypass intestacy

is time-consuming and stressful.  It can take many months, sometimes years, to gain access to assets after a person dies.  In the meantime, bills can pile up for those financially dependent on you.

3. Avoid disagreements

The families of famous stars like Barry White, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix squabbled for years because they died ; writing a will means your loved ones are less likely to fall out over who gets what.

4. Appoint a legal guardian for your children

Making a will allows you to choose the person you believe will offer the best care for your if you're not around.

5. Minimise inheritance tax

A will allows you to plan the distribution of your estate in order to minimise .

6. Set up trusts

A will allows you to set up trusts to make provisions for children or other vulnerable persons, or simply protect your assets in some way after you die.

7. Leave instructions

A will allows you to leave instructions about how you want your body dealt with after you die.

** Additional Information & Advice **

It is possible to write a will without a solicitor's help.  However, this is generally not advisable as there are various legal formalities you need to follow to ensure your will is valid, and important tax issues and other matters to consider.  Without the help of an expert, there's a real risk you may make a mistake, which could cause serious problems for your loved ones after your death.

You can be who specialises in  in your area for free via solicitor matching services, which can also help you to understand the best course of action and whether you are ready to hire a solicitor.

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