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A will is a witnessed document that declares in writing the last wishes of a deceased person for his or her estate.
It is important to make a will as any dispute regarding the estate after death means the law on intestacy decides what happens to your property or trust.
You can write a will yourself or have a solicitor do so. We recommend that you work with a qualified professional.
For your will to be legally valid, the following criteria must be met:
- You must be over 18
- The will must be in writing
- You must be of sound mind
- You must sign or mark the will or acknowledge the signature or mark in the presence of two witnesses.
- Your two witnesses must sign the will in your presence
- Your two witnesses cannot be people who will gain from your will and they must be present with you at the same time for their attestation to be valid. The witnesses’ spouses/civil partners also cannot gain from your will.
- Your witnesses must see you sign the will but they do not have to see details of the will.
- The signature or mark must be at the end of the will.
These are legal requirements and if any of them are not met, the will is not valid. Visit our accredited listing to find a solicitor near you.