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How to write a will

Nobody likes to think about death, but writing a will is an important preparation to make sure that your loved ones are taken care of after you die. Contrary to what many people believe, writing a will does not have to be complicated or expensive - these simple tips will help you write a will with minimum fuss.

Seek professional advice

Consider using a lawyer to write your will. Yes, lawyers can be expensive, and you can freely purchase DIY will kits, but there's a lot of room for error and it may be worth having a professional check over the document to make sue that it's legally sound.

Do you need to appoint guardians?

If you have children who are under the age of 18, a court could appoint a guardian in the event of your death if you have not specified one. And guardianship doesn't always go to your partner, so it's definitely worth considering.

Who will be the executors?

The executors of your will are the parties or people who are responsible for exercising your estate according to your wishes. This role involves a lot of money, so choose carefully and make sure that you ask permission. Consider appointing a default executer in case your executer is unwilling or unable to exercise your estate.

Appoint trustees

If you are setting up a trust or if your beneficiaries are likely to be under the age of 18, you will need to appoint trustees to oversee the management and investment of the funds. Your trustees should be someone with financial expertise.

Plan your legacies

If you want to ensure that an heirloom or item of a sentimental value is kept in the family, for example, you should write your will accordingly and leave specific legacies and name the beneficiaries in your will.

Ensure your signature is verified

The signature on your will often needs to be verified by at least two witnesses.

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