Making a will and updating it regularly is the only way to ensure your wishes are fulfilled, giving you peace of mind that you can continue to support the family, friends and causes you love.
A will is something that we hope won’t be needed for a very long time. Nevertheless, it’s a vital document which looks after the people and causes you care about after you’re gone.
Everyone knows it’s a good idea to make a will. But for many of us, it’s one of those things we never quite get around to doing, and there’s always a reason for putting it off.
Here are some of the reasons why you really should make a will, sooner rather than later.
If you do not make a will, the law will decide who receives all your assets in accordance with preordained rules. These unfortunately may not coincide with your own wishes.
If you have any children under the age of 18, you should appoint guardians to look after them in the event of both parents’ death. If you don’t name guardians for your children in your will, the courts will decide who will be given custody.
If you and your partner are not married, he or she will not benefit from your estate unless you have specifically written it into a will.
Have you got married or divorced since you made a will? If so, your existing will may not be valid. Remarriages can also complicate matters of inheritance and provision for children.
Even with recent changes in inheritance tax law, there may be large tax savings to be made by proper planning through your will.
Once you have made provision for your loved ones, you may wish to include a gift in your will to your local church. How might your gift help meet the needs of future generations?
Once you’ve made a will, you’ll know that if the unthinkable were to happen, your estate would be in order for your family – a weight off your mind.
It really isn’t difficult or complicated to make a will – or update an existing one.
Step 1 – prepare for a visit to a solicitor by assessing your assets, liabilities, deciding who might be the executers of your will, the people who you would like to be the legal guardians of your children and any questions that you have.
Step 2 – find a solicitor – ask your family/friends for local recommendations or try searching on the law society.
Step 3 – make an appointment to see your solicitor.
A simple will costs around £150 + VAT and a set of mirrored wills around £220 + VAT. If your affairs are more complicated, it may cost more. However, there are lots of free and discount will writing schemes out there.
Keep it somewhere safe and make sure your executors know where it is. It is recommended that you review your will every 5 years or whenever your personal circumstances change.
Thinking about life after death should not be difficult for Christians. Make sure you are prepared practically and spiritually, whatever your age; write a will and keep it up to date.
If you have any questions about making or reviewing your will, please contact the the Church of the Holy Fathers Legacy officer who is currently:
Fathers of the 1st Council; Hieromartyr Eutychius, Bishop of Melitene; Nikitas, Bishop of Chalcedon; Helikonis the Martyr; Heladios the Hieromartyr of the East; Zacharias the New Martyr
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