Why make a will?

Although there is no specific legal requirement to make a will, it is important for you to make a will so that your wishes can be conducted after your death including your funeral.

The amount or value of your possessions should not disuade you from having a will in place so that you can protect your family, children or partner. Without a will government rules will determine the fate of your estate.

People who are not married cannot inherit from one another without a will and seperated or ex-partners could be able to make claims. Arrangements for children should also be made to protect them in the event of losing both parents or guardians.

When your circumstances change, it is important that you make a will to ensure that your wishes remain clear, such as if you have separated from your partner or if you are married or enter into a registered civil partnership, which will affect any previous will or make it invalid.