Well it wasn’t exactly at the forefront of our agenda either but considering we have children, it really is the most important thing to do! We have witnessed situations where relationships have been severed because there was no Will in place. People in your life may feel that they deserve something when you pass and if you don’t clearly state your wishes, it can cause a lot of issues within family and sometimes cause unrepairable damage. So my advise is, if you have children, write a Will. If you love the people in your life and want them to continue loving each other when your time is up, write a Will!
Its one of those things that you just have to do, get it signed, tell your loved ones where you have stored it and then you can forget all about it and pray for a long and healthy life.
If like us, you have been putting it to the bottom of your ‘to do list’, let me help you to check it off.
From research that I have done, it is clear that there are lots of versions of your Lasting Will and Testament. It can be very simple or very intricate. Its up to you how you do it but which ever style you choose, make sure it is explicit. You do not want there to be any confusion with what you have decided.
You should clearly state the following:
Who are you – name, address and NI number
Confirm that this is your last Will and annul any previous Wills
Who are you married to
How many children you have and what their names are
Who the executers of you will are i.e.,who will make sure it is followed
Any specific wishes for your funeral
How your funeral should be paid for
Who will be the guardian of your children when you pass
Who you are leaving your property to
Who you are leaving any specific possessions to
Who you are leaving your life insurance policy and money to
I know it is a bit morbid to think about all these things and if you do not have dependents, it may seem even less important. But as Forest Gump quite rightly says;
Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get!
We have had first hand experience of young loved ones passing away and it makes you realise that you are not invincible.
To make things easier, I have attached a couple of templates to help you along the way. If you would like to download these to help you, please do subscribe to our Newsletter and then download the word document.
Please note, that i am by no means an expert but wanted to share this blog and help anyone that has writing a Will on their mind.