What is a Last Will & Testament? 

A Last Will and Testament is a legal document that outlines your wishes regarding the distribution of your assets and the care of any dependents that you might have after your death. A dependent might be a child, an elderly parent or a pet. 

Do I need a will?

While not legally required, having a will ensures your assets are distributed according to your wishes and can prevent disputes among family members.

Who can make a will?

In the UK, anyone over the age of 18 who is of sound mind (has legal mental capacity) can make a will.

How can I write my own will?

You can do this for free on MyWishes. Other online Will writing platforms normally either charge the user or any charities who the person (sometimes referred to as the testator) might decide to leave money to. MyWishes is a tech for good platform and we do not charge any costs to those writing their will or those receiving money (or gifts) to.

What happens if I die without a will?

If you die without a will (this is sometimes called intestate), your assets will be distributed according to intestacy laws, which may not align with your wishes. Dying without a will is more likely to lead to family and friend disputes and higher legal fees are likely to be incurred from your estate during the administration process.

How do I change my will?

You can change your will by creating a new one or adding a codicil (an amendment). It’s important to follow legal formalities to ensure validity. Instructions are provided in Last Will & Testaments created using MyWishes when the document is printed and before it is signed. 

Who should I choose as my executor?

An executor is responsible for carrying out the instructions in your will. You can choose a trusted family member, friend, or a professional such as a solicitor. Your executor should be of sound mind (have mental capacity). We recommend that you inform the person chosen to be your executor before you complete your will. 

What should I include in my will?

Your will should include details about who will inherit your assets, who will be your executor, and arrangements for any dependents. You may also include charitable donations.

Can I disinherit someone in my will?

In most cases, you can disinherit someone, but they may have legal grounds to contest the will, especially if they are a spouse or dependent.

How do I store my will?

It’s crucial to store your will in a safe place where it can be easily found after your death. You should also share a copy of your will with at least one person who you trust. You might also keep it with your solicitor, a bank, or a will storage service.

How much does it cost to make a will?

The cost of making a will varies depending on whether you use a solicitor or an online platform. Solicitor fees typically range from £150 to £500+. MyWishes is unlike other will writing platforms. Everything we provide is free and we do not receive money (or any financial remuneration) from the charities who receive gifts from those who leave gifts to their loved ones or charitable causes. 

How can I make my Will Legally binding?

Once the Will has been signed by you (the testator) and countersigned by two independent witnesses who are not listed as beneficiaries in your will,  the document will become legally binding. Those witnessing you singing the document need to be of sound mind (have mental capacity) and be present when you sign the document. You will also need to be present when they countersign your Last Will & Testament. 

When should I review my will?

It’s recommended that you review your will regularly, especially after major life events such as marriage, divorce, or the birth of children/grandchildren. If you use MyWishes simply log back in, make the updates before printing and signing the document with two witnesses (same process as outlined in step 

The latest signed document will now be the legally binding Last Will & Testament . 

Learn how to make plans for yourself and those you care about

MyWishes free to use software was developed under the guidance of healthcare, hospice, legal and funeral professionals. Our platform empowers society to make plans for both themselves and those they care about.

Michael Sobell Hospice 
Palliative Care Department
Mount Vernon Hospital, Gate 3
Northwood HA6 2RN
United Kingdom

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