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Melinda Giles Why Make a Will ? Zara Chaudary writes...

#WhyMakeAWill

There is always a natural reluctance to contemplate our own death. Indeed, 2020 has proven that we as people are strong and resilient but that we may not always have the control we think we do. However, it is possible to regain some of this control by organizing your affairs for after you have gone and the level of detail is entirely up to you.  

There are lots of practical reasons to make a Will. Here are 5 of the most notable:- 

  • Providing for loved ones
  • Appointing guardians for your children  
  • Choosing your executors
  • Minimizing inheritance tax
  • Specifying your personal preferences
  • Providing for loved ones

A Will is the most effective tool in providing for your loved ones. It allows for you to exercise control, as you are able to detail what you wish to happen to your estate and allows you to leave either financial gifts or items of sentimental value to your friends and family. 

It is particularly important for unmarried couples, divorced individuals and those with competing family interests to consider making a Will. This is because making a Will allows for a loophole to the current Intestacy Rules, in that, by making a Will you get back control and can provide for your nearest and dearest by avoiding Intestacy Rules that dictate who gets what. 

Writing a Will is important if you wish to leave something to people outside of your immediate family. A good example are those who cohabit. Cohabitees don’t have any rights in their deceased partner’s estate under the Intestacy Rules. Making a Will is a clear declaration of one’s wishes and in order for cohabitees to provide for their partners, making a Will is one of the surest of ways to do this. By doing so, cohabitees may be saving their surviving partners from potentially severe financial hardship; providing protection and peace of mind to all. 

  • Appointing guardians for your children 

It is clear that life carries a high level of unpredictability and should you wish to ensure that every eventuality is accounted for, you can use your Will to do this. This is important if you have young children and want to ensure that they are protected and cared for after your death.

  • Choosing your executors

The executors of your Will are responsible for your wishes, for administering your estate which includes distributing your personal items. A Will allows you to make sure the executor is someone you trust and someone who is willing and able. Without a Will, the courts will choose who administers your estate, and that person may not be someone you would necessarily choose or trust. 

If you have no suitable family or friends who could act then you can appoint a solicitor as your executor. The partners of Giles Wilson are regularly appointed acting both independently and jointly with family or friends as co-executors.

  • Minimizing inheritance tax

You may be able to leave your estate in a way that minimizes taxes that would otherwise be payable, for example, the value of what you give away to family members or charity may reduce the value of your estate when it is time to pay estate taxes. 

The more tax there is to pay, the less there is in your estate for your loved ones and so, the small cost of making a Will now could save your estate a much larger sum in the future. 

  • Specifying your personal preferences 

You may wish to ensure that your furry friend is taken care of after you are gone or that your funeral is flooded with melodious renditions of Vivaldi or perhaps you would prefer the harmonious strains of The Beatles. Whatever your preference, your Will allows for you to account for these finer details so that you can specify what you want and need to happen after you have gone.

Like many things in life, it is important to plan ahead, and making a Will is no different. Whether or not you have a fortune to leave, writing a Will is an important way to ensure the significant others – and causes – most important to you are not forgotten. Ultimately, providing you with the peace of mind you deserve. 

If you are interested in making a Will, please contact us at Giles Wilson on 01702 477 106 and one of our trusted Solicitors will be more than happy to listen to you and assist. 



Awards & Recognitions

The expertise of our solicitors is regularly recognised by some of the profession’s most distinguished organisations. As well as being a member of a number of Law Society schemes, we have won awards at the Law Society Excellence Awards, the Halsbury Legal Awards and the Modern Law Awards. We have also received recognition in the form of the Lexcel mark of quality, a Legal 500 listing and a place on the shortlist of The Lawyer’s Boutique Firm of the Year.

Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson
Awards and Recognitions of Giles Wilson