The best time to make a will - is NOW!

Many people delay making a will for a lot of different reasons, but clearing this hurdle can provide great peace of mind. It is almost never too early to make a will, as it makes things a little easier for those who are left to administer your estate. Conversely, if you still have not produced a will, remember that it is never too late either!

Many people believe they know what will happen to their assets should they die without a will (intestate). However, it is not always the case that assets pass to whom you expect. Producing a will provides a far greater level of certainty, and can avoid unsavoury disputes between family members in the future.

It is of the utmost importance that your will is drafted properly to ensure that your wishes are accurately recorded and carried out following your death. Your will can provide, for example, for guardians for infant children, gifts of your personal items (this does not necessarily mean valuable items), gifts of specific sums of money to individuals, groups, organisations and charities, and the division of your assets amongst your family, friends and charities.

A will is particularly important in circumstances where:

  • You have children from a previous relationship
  • You are separated but not divorced
  • You have a partner you wish to leave assets to, but do not intend to marry

Solicitors to help draft your will in Newcastle upon Tyne

Short Richardson & Forth provide a professional will-drafting service and have experience in preparing wills from the most straightforward to highly complex divisions of assets, and the use of trusts.