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Wills and testaments

Here you can find some information on wills and testaments.

When a person dies without leaving a will, the law dictates what happens to their possessions. This can be:

  • A few pounds.
  • Some cherished objects or jewellery.
  • A large amount of money.

Whatever the amount of property, no account will be given to the wishes of the deceased without a will.

When somebody dies without a will, the law says they are "intestate". Any property (the "estate"), is divided among family members under strict rules contained in the Administration of Estates Act. This is after all bills are paid.

Wills sound like a very complicated legal process, which tends to make people shirk away from them. In truth, a will is a letter of wish of how someone's assets should be divided up when they die. It can be more complicated when children and relatives need to be considered.

You do not need to have a will drawn up by a solicitor. Though care needs to be taken, as sorting out an unclear will can lead to long and expensive court cases. There are many books, guides and printed forms to help you. You can download wills online or buy them in a standard format from legal stationers. You can also find will writers and good advice online.

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Some people feel that writing a will is morbid and it can tempt fate. Others never get around to it and some make several during their lifetime as things change. You need to make a will to:

  • Help those who live on after.
  • To make sure that your property is dealt with how you wish it to be.

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