We are all born, and like it or not, we will all die, and while death is a morbid subject, what happens to a person’s estate after their death is something to consider. It is perhaps a little unnatural to ponder anything that happens after you have departed this world, but if you do not take the necessary steps to leave specific instructions, your estate might not go to the person you intended. According to research, nearly half of all British adults have not made a Will, and in the event of a person’s untimely death, the estate of that person will be divided according to the law of that country, as there was no Will made.
Before you conjure up images of solicitor’s offices and huge bills, there are online Will writers who are accredited, and very experienced in writing Wills, and they will even come to visit you in your home, and help you to write your Will. Whether you are thinking of making a Will in Norfolk, or any other British town or city, an online search will reveal a company who specialise in this service.
Do I really Need a Will?
A good question, and the answer depends on whether you want control over what happens to your estate after you have passed on. If you want to have a say in how your estate is divided among the family, then yes, you need to make a Will. The other reason for making a Will is to eliminate any possibility of family conflicts, as British law does not take into considerations about personal feelings, or even verbal promises that may have been made by the deceased person at some point in the past.
If you and your partner are not married, and you were to suddenly die, he or she would not be entitled to keep any of your assets, unless of course, you made a Will, in which case you can be very specific about what your partner receives, and nothing can override this.
This person is appointed by the person making the Will, and would be someone they trusted to carry out their instructions after their death. The role of the executor is to administer the estate according to the writing in the Will, and this allows a person more control over when an inheritance is released, and also under what circumstances. If a person is wealthy and leaves a large estate, then a Will allows them to distribute their assets as they wish, and with all family members present when the Will is read out, there can be no conflict among family members.
You might have some assets that have sentimental value, perhaps your grandson once told you he would love to carry on your restoration work on that vintage car, and with a Will, you can leave him the car. You might want to reward a loyal employee who worked for years to ensure your business was successful, or perhaps that neighbour that was always there when you needed a hand, and making a Will allows all of this and more.