By making a will you can decide what happens to your property and possessions after your death. Although you do not have to make one by law, it is the best way to make sure your estate is passed on to family and friends exactly as you wish. If you die without a will, your assets may be distributed according to the law rather than your wishes.
Although it is possible to write a will by yourself, it is advisable to use a solicitor as there are various legal formalities you need to follow to make sure that your will is valid. You may also need legal advice for more complicated matters.
You should review your will every five years and after any major change in your life - such as getting separated, married or divorced, having a child or moving house. Any change must be by 'codicil' (an addition, amendment or supplement to a will) or by making a new will.
Once you've made your will, it is important that it is kept in a safe place, which is why we normally keep the original and give you a copy, unless of course you want to keep the original.
In addition, we register and lodge all wills electronically on the National Will Register, at no extra charge to you. It is a fact that not being able to locate a Will causes untold distress and the potential financial loss for a family, or beneficiaries. Registration is safe, secure and confidential, and it records the not only the location of your original will, but also a scanned copy. This ensures that if your will is lost, misplaced, or forgotten over the passage of time, its location can be identified and a copy obtained.