Your will is a document instructing on how you would like your estate to be divided when you pass away. Your estate comprises everything that you own, including property, objects (known as ‘chattels’), savings, investments, and pensions. Once put together, your estate is probably worth much more than you originally thought. Without a will, some or even all of your estate may end up passing to the Government. Writing your will gives you peace of mind that your assets will go to those you love, and more people are choosing to leave a percentage of their estate to a charity that is close to their heart.
We would always advise using a solicitor to write your will. A solicitor who has qualified as a Trust and Estate Practitioner will be able to ask insightful questions to help you consider how you would like your estate to be managed, but any solicitor will be able to write a will that is unambiguous and robust against challenge. The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners has an online directory to help you find a qualified practitioner in your area.
You can download our suggested wording for a legacy here, which you may find useful to share with your solicitor. If you would like your gift to benefit a more specific area we recommend that you contact our Legacy Officer on +44(0) 121 414 7957 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, who would be deighted to offer bespoke advice and wording for your gift.