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Why Make A Will

If you die without a Will, certain rules will determine how your "estate" is allocated. This allocation may not be how you intended your money and possessions to be distributed.

Unmarried partners or partners who have not registered a civil partnership cannot inherit from each other unless there is a will. In the event of the death of one of the partners there could be serious financial problems for the remaining partner.

Ensure that you have peace of mind that you have chosen someone who you personally trust and are willing to act as Executor, trust that they will follow your wishes and ensure they are carried out.

If you have children a Will needs to be made to ensure arrangements are made for their well being should one or both of their parents die.

It may be possible to reduce the level of inheritance tax if advice is taken in advance and a will made. (Please see section on "Inheritance Tax")

To ensure your "estate" is distributed accordingly if your circumstances have changed. For example if you have separated and your ex-partner lives with someone else you might want to change your Will. Also if you are married or enter into a registered civil partnership, this will make any previous will you have made invalid.

It is also important that you make sure your funeral wishes are carried out.

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