Making a Will is one of the most important things that you will do, therefore it is essential you get it right. Here are the answers to the most common questions about Wills.
There must be two independent adult witnesses to your Will, both of which must be aged 18 or over. For the Will be valid, the witnesses must not be beneficiaries, spouses of beneficiaries or members of your own family. You should choose people that you trust and that are close to you, without falling into any of the categories mentioned above.
In some instances, you can make - or change - a Will for someone else. This could be due to a serious brain injury, illness or dementia, meaning they are unable to do this themselves. There are key criteria that the circumstances must meet before you can do this. You must apply for a Court of Protection application for a statutory Will and will need to provide the evidence below:
Yes, although an ex partner or spouse cannot benefit from a Will if a divorce is finalised. However, there may be other things you want to update, such as executors, what will still be part of your estate and who your benefactors will be.
Once a Will is signed and witnessed, the only way to change it is to make an official alteration called a codicil, which is then attached to your Will. The codicil must be signed and witnessed in the same way as the original Will. This is only suitable for minor changes. If you are planning to change your Will completely, it is advisable to destroy your current Will and create a new one.
This depends on how you made the Will originally. If you used a solicitor, then they typically store the Will for free until it needs to be used. However, if you used a DIY Will kit then you will need to find your own place to keep it, such as a safe at home or safety deposit box at a bank. The cost will differ depending on your choice, so it is wise to get some quotes before making your decision. Wherever you keep it, you need to make sure your family knows where it is.
Once the Will is taken out of storage - wherever this may be - the executors named within it will begin to deal with your estate, however you have seen fit. The executor will carry out the necessary requirements, such as obtaining a grant of probate and distributing your estate to your beneficiaries.
Yes, it can be. All challenges must be made within six months of the date that probate is granted. Disputes can involve potential beneficiaries that feel they have been unfairly excluded or if the Will is found to be invalid for some reason (e.g. the correct witnesses were not used).
This is completely up to you. Lasting power of attorney is a legal document that nominates a friend or relative to look after your affairs if you lose the mental capacity to do this. This does not mean that you immediately lose control, as you can choose when it can be used: either before or when you lose mental capacity.
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