You may have already made a Will setting out what you want to happen to your money, property and possessions. It is worth having a look at it again to make sure it reflects your current wishes, and the changes in your circumstances. It may be a good idea for your partner or other close family members to review their Wills too.
A Will ensures that your money and possessions are left to the people of your choosing. You should seek legal advice when writing a Will to make sure your wishes are interpreted in the way you wanted. You need to get your Will formally witnessed and signed to make it legally valid. If you want to update your Will at any point, you need to make an official alteration (called a codicil) or make a new Will.
Getting legal advice
The government’s website recommends getting advice from a solicitor if your Will is not straightforward. For example
- You share a property with someone who is not your husband, wife or civil partner.
- You want to leave money or property to a dependant who cannot care for themselves.
- You have several family members who may make a claim on your will, eg a second spouse or children from another marriage.
- You have a business.
Making a gift in your Will
You may wish to a make donation to charity in your Will. For more information on how to leave money to a charity of your choice, click here.
For help choosing a solicitor
Solicitors for the Elderly
An independent, national organisation providing specialist legal advice for vulnerable people including those with dementia, their families and carers.