Making a Will is not something that people like to think about and it’s easy to put it to the bottom of your list of things to do. However, it takes less time than you may think to have something so important finalised.
Whether you are making your first Will or you are keeping yours up to date with life’s changes Hunt Solicitors are offering Half Price Wills to everyone during October.
To get all readers thinking about their own Wills we have answered some of the questions we would get asked on a regular basis.
Q. Do you need to know all of my financial information like bank account numbers and pension policy numbers to make my Will?
A. It is not essential to bring with you detailed lists of everything you own in order to make your Will. Your Will can be as specific as you want to make it or we can leave all of your assets in one ‘pot’ known as the Residue which will cover all of the assets you may own at the date of your death. Your finances will be discussed throughout your consultation however in-depth knowledge of each and every account and policy number is not necessary and will not bar you from making your Will.
Q. I want someone to have control over my affairs if I ever lost the ability to do it myself, can I do this in my Will?
A. By writing a Will you get to choose who will deal with your affairs after your death. This person is known as your Executor and you may select more than one if you wish. These appointments will only come into effect on your death and your chosen Executor has no control over your affairs whilst you are still alive. If you wish to appoint someone to control your affairs when you are alive then you will need an Enduring Power of Attorney. This is a relatively straightforward document that we can discuss with you during your appointment. To put this in place we will need to meet with your chosen Attorney or Attorneys as they will need to accept their appointment by signing the document.
Q. Do I need to tell anyone what I have put in my Will?
A. Your Will is a confidential document and the contents of it do not need to be released to anyone. If you choose to tell people what is in your Will that is a personal decision however you are under no obligation to do so. You may wish to tell close family or your Executor where the original Will is held so they will know who to contact in the event of your death. Indeed you want to be sure whoever you have appointed as Executor is willing to take on the responsibility.
Q. I suffer from visual impairment can I still make a Will?
A. Yes a visual impairment is not a bar to making a Will. If we are advised about the particular impairment we will be able to prepare an appropriately worded Will for you.
These are just a small sample of queries we are asked on a regular basis and we will discuss any specific queries that you may have during our consultations. All initial consultations are free and we can arrange to visit you at your home if you are unable to travel to our office.
Half Price Wills are only offered in October so contact our office now to arrange an appointment.