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How to write a Will in the UK

It can be hard to think about writing a Will. Often it will be emotionally challenging and loved ones may find it difficult to talk about. However, it can be comforting to know that you’re making sure that your loved ones are provided for. Here we’ll discuss how to write a Will.

Writing your Will is the only way to guarantee that your estate goes to the people and causes you care about. And, it’s easier than you might think. Follow the steps below to learn how to write a Will.

How to write a Will

1. Value your estate

You can work out your estate by writing a list of your assets and debts. Your estate includes any property, cash, bank and savings accounts, stocks and shares, and personal possessions you own.

You will also need to think about any outstanding debts and bills such as mortgages and loans as these will be deducted from your final estate.

2. Choose who to include in your Will

Your Will is a very special personal document. It’s your way of ensuring your wishes for the people you care about are fulfilled after you’re gone. You can include anyone you want in your Will. Known as beneficiaries, these usually include family and friends, as well as charities who might have a special place in your heart.

If you have chosen to include a gift to The Brain Tumour Charity in your Will, thank you so much. Here are the details you will need to provide to your solicitor:

Full name: The Brain Tumour Charity

Registered address: Fleet 27, Rye Close, Fleet, Hampshire, GU51 2UH

Registered charity number: 1150054 (England and Wales); SC045081 (Scotland)

3. Choose an executor

An executor carries out the instructions left in your Will. This can involve a lot of responsibility so be sure to choose someone you trust and who is happy to carry out this important role. Many people choose friends or family members, but you can also appoint a professional such as a solicitor.

Even if you don’t choose the professional route right away, your executor can seek professional help at a later day.

4. Write your Will

There are many ways to write your Will. We recommend using a specialist such as a solicitor or professional Will writing service. You can find a solicitor in your area by contacting the Law Society.

You can also use one of our free Will writing services either online or in person.

5. Sign your Will

For your Will to be valid, it must be signed in the presence of two witnesses, and signed by said witnesses after you have signed it. As soon as your Will is signed and witnessed, it is complete.

6. Let us know if you’ve left us a gift

We understand that Wills are a private matter, but if you’ve already decided to leave us a gift in your Will, we’d be so grateful if you could let us know so that we can thank you properly. You can either email us or let us know here.

7. Keep your Will safe

Make sure you retain copies of your Will with your personal possessions in an easy to find location. You can even entrust your executors with a copy of the Will and some professional executors will offer to store your Will.

8. Keep your Will up to date

It’s easy to make a Will and then forget about it, but things can change really quickly. If you’ve married or separated, had a child, or recently lost a loved one, these are all good excuses to update your Will. Simple changes can be updated with a codicil, but bigger changes will need a new Will.
Remember you can make changes to your Will through our free will services.

If you need more information, Citizens Advice have a really in-depth page on Will writing.

A mother with her arm around her son smiles after learning how to write a Will in the UK

“The Charity supported me to make writing my Will as straightforward as possible. Leaving a gift in my Will was just as simple, and it feels good to know that my gift could go towards life-saving research in the future.”

Theresa, a Charity supporter