Writing a Will: A Checklist

A Will writing checklist is a great thing to have for the Do It Yourself type.

Though you can make updates to your will, and if circumstances change a lot, you can make a new will entirely, it is best to know what to include from the start. This will simplify the process and ensure that your will is carried out as efficiently and as effectively as possible.

Your official Will writing checklist

Find Any Previous Wills

If you have any previous wills, you will want to locate them. You can then create a new will, but be sure to account for any previous editions, too.

Up-To-Date Personal Details

When creating your will (or updating it), you will want to ensure that all of your personal details are correct, up to date, and free of spelling errors.

Choose Your Beneficiaries

The next step is to choose your beneficiaries. Go through the list carefully to ensure that you don’t forget to include some people. You can name people to split up your estate to, and who to give special gifts to.

Make Special Decisions for Children

If you have children under the age of 18 or similar responsibilities, you will then want to outline who you want to take care of them.

Please know that this shouldn’t be a surprise. so gain confirmation from your friends or family. Then include that agreement in the will so that there is no reason to contest the issue.

Make a Note of Your Debts

When creating your will, it is important to work out your debts. If you have debts, these will be taken from your estate first. You can even write out a clause that states you wish the executor to sell your home. Accordingly, to pay off debts and to distribute other assets to your beneficiaries.

Tip: Work with The Inheritance Experts to work out how to minimise the impact of the Inheritance Tax.

Make Funeral Arrangements

With any will writing checklist, you also need to consider the inevitable.

To this end, you should work out funeral arrangements in advance. This way, you can ensure they carry out the wishes of your will. Moreover, you show you intend to pay for it (rather than forcing the family to bear the brunt).

Choose How You Wish to Divide Your Estate

Great: now you know how you intend to deal with debts and funeral costs. Furthermore, you will want to outline how you wish to divide your estate.

Make Provisions

It is also important to make provisions. If all your beneficiaries die before you, for example, you can name a charity to donate your estate to.

You can also add additions that explicitly exclude people who would otherwise have a reason to contest your will.

Make a Lasting Power of Attorney

To ensure your will is carried out, you’ll want to give your will a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA for short).

Store Your Will Safely

Last but not least you will want to store your will, any previous editions of your will and all codicils of the will safely. This way, there is no doubt as to which will is the one your executors are to carry out.

Though you can create a Will and Testament on your own, it is always best to create it with The Inheritance Experts. Thus, you ensure that your will is carries out correctly.

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