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What is a Will?
A will is a legal document that details who is to benefit from possessions and assets after your death. You will also appoint an individual or company (The Executor) who will manage and administer the estate on your behalf as per your directions.
Why should I use Funeral Planning Solutions to write my Will?
Your will is an important legal document that needs to be written exercising due diligence. Our team is experienced in matters relating to the law of taxation, succession, family disputes, and property matters and has years of experience in drawing up wills. Our process of review offers clients an unrivaled service.
Why should I make a Will?
When you make a will it reduces the formalities required and the associated costs for your family at an emotional and stressful time. It gives you full control of who benefits from your death and how the benefit.
What can I say in my Will?
You can state in your will how you would like your financial affairs to be dealt with at the time of your death. You can also include any personal comments and requests you have for your body and funeral arrangements. Your possessions can be mentioned specifically and who the beneficiaries of these items will be. A will has to clear and succinct with no ambiguity.
Can I change my Will in the future?
Yes. You can change your will at any time and should review your will every few years or when there is a significant change in your life such as a marriage or divorce, or you receive any monies or buy property. If your change is minor, a simple amendment called a codicil is required and more complicated matters are dealt with by drawing up a new will.
Should I tell someone about my Will?
We recommend you tell your executors of the existence of your will along with its location. It is advisable to keep a copy with your other important documentation which will be examined upon your death. The original will must be kept in a safe place such as our secure storage facilities or your solicitor.
What happens if I don't have a Will?
If you do not make a will, your property, savings, insurances, and other assets will be distributed to your next of kin after any debts have been paid in accordance to current laws, regardless of your wishes at the time of your death. This could leave people you have relationships with, not entitled to any of your estates as you may have wished and leave those in receipt of your assets liable for unnecessary taxation.
What is an executor and who is allowed to be one?
An executor is responsible for finalising each aspect of your will like seeking probate and winding up your estate. Anyone of reasonable competence and over 18 can be an executor, although, in complicated cases, it can be advantageous to appoint a professional trustee.

Executors are responsible for finalising all the details of your Will, such as obtaining probate and winding up the estate. Anybody over the age of 18 at your death and of sound mind can be an executor. You can also appoint a Professional Trustee Company to be an executor. In general, Will executors must be considered to be capable of the role and above all honest. Choose people who you feel you can trust to carry out your wishes.

Can I leave a gift to someone in my Will?
Yes, but we strongly recommend these are kept to a minimal percentage of your total estate due to English Law which states that all gifts are paid out of the estate first which may be unfair to the beneficiary who receives what is left over.
What should I take into account when leaving items as a gift?
If the item you are gifting is of value, we strongly recommend that you give a full description and include photos of the item with your will.
Who should get the remainder of my estate?
You need to specify who will receive the residue of your estate. This can be the main beneficiary, a number of persons, or a class of persons, such as grandchildren.
What if my main beneficiary dies before I do?
If your main beneficiary dies first, you must change your will immediately; however, we recommend you make alternative provisions in your will in the first instance to avoid potential issues.
What if someone dies who has been left a gift in my will?
If someone you have left a gift to dies before you, the gifted amount/item simply goes back into your estate. If the person lives for more than 30 days after the date of your death but dies before receiving the gift, they will receive it posthumously and it will form part of their estate to be divided as per their will dictates.