If you are worried about what is going to happen to your property and finances after you die, you may consider making a will. If you do not make a will, then it is likely that your family, friends, relatives and favourite charities will get nothing, as chances are your inheritance will go straight to the government, unless it can be proved that you intended it to go to your family.
If you are living with a lifelong partner, but you are not married to them, it is essential that you make a will stating where you want your belongings to go. By law, they will not recognise cohabitants (partners who have lived together) to have the same rights compared to those who are married or in a civil partnership.
Even if you have lived together for 20 years, the law will not consider this and your partner may be left with nothing.
If you have young children or children who are unable to care for themselves, then it is essential that you create a will stating what you wish to happen to them. Without a will, there will be an uncertainty about who will care for them if you die. If you have particular wishes of who you would like to care for them, it is essential you share this information with the noted down guardians and write it as part of your will.
You should make yourself aware that if you have any people who depend on you financially, they immediately have a right to claim on your estate, savings and assets. Just because someone depends on you financially, it does not necessarily mean you want all your earthly belongings to go to them. You will need to state in your will that has the right to your belongings and money, this way the people who are financially dependent on you will not have any rights to claim on your belongings.
It is important that you change your will as your life changes, you should not think of it as a onetime document. If you get married or divorced after your will has been drawn up, then it can make the whole will invalid if you do not make the necessary changes.
It is possible to write up a will without the help of a solicitor, however most people will choose to have one present as there are a set of legal formalities you have to follow. Without any expert advice, you may find that you can make a mistake when writing up your will; this can potentially cause problems for your family and friends after your death.
Elaine wanted to create a will, so she contacted the professional solicitors in Worcester to help her write it up. She found the information regarding wills and probates on their website very helpful, http://www.smesolicitors.co.uk/