Writing a Will could be the most important thing you'll ever do

To help get you started here are a few things to think about when preparing to write your Will.

Your Estate

  • Make a list of everything you own and what it is worth (assets)
  • Include any life insurance policies and pension assets (if not already assigned)
  • Subtract any money you may owe on death, such as mortgages and loans (liabilities)
  • Estimate how much your estate is likely to be (the difference between your assets and liabilities)

The Beneficiaries

  • Make a list of those whom you want to benefit, including names and addresses. Think about any wider family and friends also
  • Think about who you would like to be guardians for your children and seek their approval
  • Think about whether you want to leave gifts to any charities. See our legacies page for more information
  • Make a note of who you DON'T want to benefit

Once you have all of this information you are ready to start drafting your Will