Why make a Will?

Will Scenarios

For Married Couples

If you do not have a Will, then the Government will decide what happens to your estate when you die. All of your estate will not necessarily pass to your spouse. The Government have strict guidelines when deciding who will benefit from your estate, which can include children, grandchildren, surviving parents, brothers and sisters depending on your circumstances. Broadly speaking, same sex partners in Civil Partnership have the same rights as a married couple.

For Parents

You will need to consider who you want to look after your children in the event of your death. This is very important in the case of one-parent families or unmarried parents living together, especially if your child was born before 1st December 2003, (see Parental Responsibility). A valid Will nominating a guardian is invaluable in such cases. If you do not appoint a guardian a court may decide on your children’s future if you are not around.

For Parents

You will need to consider who you want to look after your children in the event of your death. This is very important in the case of one-parent families or unmarried parents living together, especially if your child was born before 1st December 2003, (see Parental Responsibility). A valid Will nominating a guardian is invaluable in such cases. If you do not appoint a guardian a court may decide on your children’s future if you are not around.

For Un-married Couples

If you are not officially married, you may be treated as a single person and your surviving partner may get nothing at all. Making a Will in these circumstances can avoid any argument and dispute at a time when your family should be coping with the loss of a loved one.