Writing your will is one of the duties in life that we all tend to put off. Around two thirds of those eligible to write a will in this country never do. They die intestate, which means that the state has to step in and distribute their possessions according to how they see fit. Writing your will is therefore a duty, not to yourself so much as to those whom you will leave behind. Your will can clearly state which family member or friend gets what when you die. Your will is simply a good way to tie up some of the loose ends in life.
When you decide to write your will you will find the process quite easy. Most people go to a solicitor, perhaps one that the family have used before. Solicitors understand the process of writing wills and they know how your will should be properly structured to stay within the law.
There is no requirement in law that says you have to use a solicitor, but it simply makes sense. If you write your will yourself without any help from anyone, it’s likely that you will not follow the expected format and your will may well be deemed invalid. Can you imagine the confusion and frustration your family will suffer if this is only discovered after your death? It will be as if you die without writing a will. Your family will receive your possessions, but only in accordance with how the state decides, and that is unlikely to coincide with the way you wrote your will.
Another way you can write your will is one that is becoming increasingly popular. There are a number of online services that offer you the chance to write your will through a specially constructed web page. All you have to do is gather all the relevant information concerning your will, then go online to a service of your choice and follow the instructions. You will be guided through a series of forms that will ask you details about yourself, the people you wish to leave items for, the person or persons who will be appointed as executors of your will, and so on. The process is entirely intuitive and easy to do.
Once you have written your will it needs to be witnessed and signed by two independent people. They must not be anyone mentioned in your will, of course, and they also need to be over 18 years of age and of sound mind. You have to be over 18 years old and of sound mind too of course for your will to be considered valid and legal.
Another consideration, and an important one, is where your will should be kept for safe keeping until it is needed. If you use a solicitor to write your will, he or she will normally keep it for you. This makes good sense, but it is also a wise move to register your will with the National Will Register. They do not store the actual document, but they do hold the information about who does and where it is being kept. This information can be invaluable if, after your death, your will cannot immediately be located.