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British Law >> Citizen Area >> Wills and Probate

Wills and Probate

It is important to make a will to ensure that your money and possessions are distributed according to your wishes after death. If you have children it is also important to consider who may become their guardian. Taking advice and making a will can also reduce your liability for inheritance tax and so can maximise the money available for inheritors.

If your affairs are straightforward it may not be necessary to use a solicitor to draw up a will - many organisations offer advice concerning wills and some offer a service for making your own will (including on-line services).

Probate refers to the legal process of proving a will, appointing an executor and settling an estate - it is the process by which ownership of assets is transferred from the person who has died to their appropriate successors.

Standard Forms are available for making wills and living wills - Example Here.

DIY Wills and guides on will making and sorting your own affairs.

The Citizens Advice Bureau offers general advice about wills and what to do after the death of a family member.

The Court Service has its own website which offers advice and leaflets about wills and probate.

Law on the Web offers advice on all aspects of making a will, inheritance tax, appointing executors and contact details for probate offices.

Will You Ever? is a specialist wills and probate service for the UK which enables you to create your own legally binding will for a reasonable cost.

The Will Site offers a complete online will writing service. The service is easy to use and all wills are reviewed by a solicitor.

Scotwills offers a confidential online will writing service for creation of a valid Scottish will.

Living Wills

A Living Will is essentially a declaration of your wishes about medical treatments which may be given during a future illness during which you may be incapable of making your wishes known. Advice on living wills and help with their preparation is available from:
Terrence Higgins Trust
livingwill.org.uk