Create Your Last Will and Testament
Frequently Asked Questions
It is important for you to make a Will because if you do not, and die without a Will, the law on intestacy decides what happens to your property. A Will can ensure that proper arrangements are made for your dependants and that your property is distributed in the way you wish after you die, subject to certain rights of spouses/civil partners.Why should I have a Last Will?If you die without a Will, your property will be distributed by a court-appointed administrator according to statutory plans for "intestate succession." Your property will be divided among your surviving spouse, children, and possibly other relatives in whatever manner the law of your jurisdiction specifies. You will not have a chance to give property to non-relatives or to exclude relatives. Additionally, if you have no relatives, your property will go to the state rather than to a friend or charity of your choice.What can I specify in a Last Will?A Last Will enables you to:
When should I update my Will?You should review your Will from time to time to ensure that it still meets your needs and that your property will be distributed according to your wishes.
- Choose who will get your property after your death;
- Choose how your property will be divided among your various beneficiaries;
- Give specific items of property to specific people;
- Appoint someone you trust to administer your estate; and
- Appoint a guardian for your minor children.
Your will shall be revoked automatically in certain situations:
- If you marry or enter into a civil partnership, your will shall be revoked, unless your will was made in contemplation of that marriage or civil partnership.
- If you make another will, the first will you made shall be revoked.
- If you draw up a written document that is executed in accordance with the requirements for a will, your first will shall be revoked.
- If you burn, tear or destroy your will, it will no longer be considered valid. Or, if you have someone else destroy it, your will shall be revoked, provided this was done in your presence, with your consent, and with the intention of revoking your will.