You may already have a Will – but are you sure it’s up-to-date and reflects your current wishes? It’s one of the most important documents that you will ever make, but it’s probably the most common one to be put off until a later date.
This is one of the many reasons why so many of the adult population do not have a Will, and so die intestate a situation in which the State may make a Will for the deceased to decide how their Estate will be distributed.
You may think that everything will simply pass to your spouse or children – but this isn’t always the case. Worse still, unmarried couples risk leaving their partner nothing or separated spouses could inherit part of the Estate. In addition, courts may be left to decide who brings up your orphaned children and those you would have gifted to cannot inherit without a Will in place.
Our lives are changing all of the time. When most people write their Will, they base their choices on their circumstances at the time. If any of the following events have happened since you last wrote a Will, then now is the time to consider updating it:
- Change in relationship
- Family Growth
- You wish to change your Guardians
- Your children are now old enough to be executors to administer your Estate
- You have received an inheritance and your financial status has changed
Throughout your life circumstances constantly change; at Golden Charter we recommend you update your Will at least every five years and we can do this for you. We are members of the ISPW– (Institute of Scottish Professional Will-writers - www.ipw.org.uk) and are happy to provide expert advice from our team of Will-writers.
The benefits of organising your Will are:
- Complete peace of mind for you
- Making sure that those you want to inherit do so
- Prevents your family from added distress at an already difficult time
- If you're an unmarried couple, you can make sure your partner is provided for
We make it easy and inexpensive to write or update your Will. What’s more, it could cost less than going through your bank or solicitor.