A will is an important legal document, as it sets out your wishes and instructions of what should happen to your assets, such as house, car, jewellery, money etc after your death, but most importantly it will set out who will be responsible to bring up your young children should you have them.
A will is a legally binding contract which must be prepared correctly and in accordance with the law.
Many people die without having made a will, which causes much stress to the loved ones you leave behind at a time when they are already grieving. Without a legal will your estate will be distributed according to the law of the country, and this may mean that some of the people you care about may not receive anything.
When writing a will there are various factors you will need to consider, for instance:
If you have children under 18, you will need to consider who will be looking after them should you die. If you do not make a will or you do not specify this in your will, then the family courts can choose a guardian for your children, and it may not be one you would have chosen. Also if you have step-children who you are really fond of, then if you have not made a will and provided for them, then they will not receive anything from your estate, as the law states that only your spouse or your blood relatives will inherit your estate if there is no will.
This also applies to unmarried partners as they are also not entitled to aything from your estate, unless you specifically provided for them in your will.
You will also need to take into account any pets you may have, access to your email, social media accounts, any websites you may own etc.
It is therefore imperative that you have a well-written and legally binding will, which expresses your wishes clearly and also appoints executors whose job it is to ensure that your instructions are acted upon.
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