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Writing your will at home: what do you need to know? 

Making a will is the best way to ensure your money and possessions are distributed the way you want after your death. Many people are unsure where to start with the will-writing process and tend to put it off. However, making a will has many benefits, and you can even write one at home. 

Why do I need a will?

Wills are legally binding documents that state what you wish to happen to your money, belongings, and estate after you die. They provide security and give you control over your assets. Without one, your family may face higher inheritance tax and unmarried partners won’t inherit anything. Not having a will makes family disputes and financial disruption more likely. 

Types of wills: simple and trust

You can choose to make a simple will, which allows you to name guardians for your children (if applicable), decide who you want your assets to go to, and make any funeral requests. 

Alternatively, you can write a will that includes a trust. A trust can help safeguard particular assets, such as a home, and gives you more control over your asset distribution. You can speak to a will solicitor if you’d like to discuss which would be the best option for you.

A valid will must be:

  • Written by somebody over the age of 18
  • Made voluntarily by somebody of sound mind 
  • Documented in written form
  • Signed by the will-owner and two witnesses. In 2020, it became legal to witness wills via video conference call.

How do I write a will at home?

You can technically write a will on any piece of paper, in any format, providing you have the legally required witnesses. 

Some people feel more secure hiring will solicitors to draw up a document for them and this is usually the best option if your finances are complex – for example, if you have property overseas. 

However, you can also write your own will at home. The basic steps involve:

1. Valuing your assets

List your assets and debts. Assets may include your property, savings, jewellery, and furniture. Debts, meanwhile, could include your mortgage, loans, overdraft or credit card balance.

2. Deciding how to divide your estate

Consider who you want to leave your assets to and what you want to do if any beneficiaries pass away before you. At this point, you can state who you wish to become guardians to your children. You can also decide whether to leave a charity donation. Be specific with names and double-check your document to ensure all spellings are correct.

3. Choosing an executor

Your executor is the person who will deal with your estate distribution after you die.

4. Writing your will

Document your wishes. You can write this on your own but it’s best to get support from a lawyer or hire a professional will writer. In some cases, your bank may be able to offer advice.

5. Signing your will

It’s essential to sign your will in front of two valid witnesses. Your witnesses must also sign it.

6. Storing your will

Wills need to be kept somewhere secure, and you must inform your executor of your will’s location. You may choose to leave it with your solicitor or store it at the bank.

Will writing services in Nottingham

Making a will can seem daunting at first. But with help from will solicitors, like our Wills at Home team, you can provide security for your family and beneficiaries. As specialists in wills, trusts and probate, we have a wealth of knowledge to make writing a will at home straightforward and suitable for your circumstances.

If you have any questions or want to get started on making a will, get in touch today