Making a Will Do’s and Don’ts

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Having to make a draft of your will is never an easy thing to do. Before you even put your pen to paper, there may be all kinds of difficult decisions to make and responsibilities to call upon from your loved ones.

When making a will, however, it’s not just your loved ones you have to worry about: there are several other factors that you will need to consider before submitting your draft to your solicitor. This article aims to help you consider some of the things that require thought before implementation.

Do – consider hiring a solicitor

The problem with a lot of people isn’t the fact that they are uneasy about writing a will – it’s that they don’t want to spend money on a solicitor to write it for them, as they assume that they shouldn’t have to pay extra to write something they know they are capable of writing themselves.

The fact is a solicitor will be able to save you from a lot of pitfalls you will be unable to see, unless you have an uncanny knowledge of law! You may accidentally or unknowingly do something in the will that will prevent your relatives from receiving what you want them to receive. To avoid such tragic mistakes, it’s always best to go with a solicitor or a similar professional service, like Co-Op wills services.

Don’t – make an ‘alternative’ will

Another tragic mistake people make is making ‘alternative’ wills, because they have run out of time, or they want to be ‘quirky’. Sure, you can always record a final goodbye to your family on camera, where you can state your wishes, but the only legal way your wishes will be carried out is if they are in writing.

Make sure you don’t run out of time! Draft a proper will, which is a binding legal document, and if you still feel the need to do so, you can go ahead and make a video afterwards.

Do – express your wishes clearly and legibly

If you end up deciding to write your own will instead of having a solicitor do it, for whatever reason, it’s important to write it out in a clear, legible manner that is coherent to anyone who’s going to read it.

You don’t want to run the risk of your wishes being misinterpreted, or even worse, your family having a dispute over what it actually says.

Don’t – fumble your witnesses

You need two witnesses, over the age of 18, to sign the will. Apart from obviously selecting two trustworthy people as witnesses, you need to be careful not to have your spouse as a witness. It would be legal, but it would mean that your spouse cannot inherit anything from your estate.

Osbornes Solicitors LLP have a professional wills solicitors sector who can help you protect your family’s wealth with a will and help you with other aspects of creating a will.

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Dave Bernard is a California born and raised author and blogger with an extensive 30 year career in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 300 blogs for US News & World On Retirement and his personal blog Retirement – Only the Beginning. He has authored three books: "Are you just existing and calling it a life?"; "I want to retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be"; and " Navigating the Retirement Jungle". Dave was also a contributing writer for the books 65 Things to do when you Retire (“Positive Aging – Old is the New Young”) as well as 65 Things to do when you Retire – TRAVEL (“Travel to Discover your Family Heritage”). He lives in sunny California with his wife, his Boston Terrier "Frank" and a passion for the San Jose Sharks.