Making a will
Writing a will enables you to plan what will happen to your money and possessions (your estate) when you die. This will ensure that your estate goes to the people you choose, will help avoid disputes between relatives, and will probably help you worry less about the future.
If you die without a will (‘intestate’) it may cause problems and upset for those who will have to deal with your affairs.
Your will is also a good way of letting people know whether you would prefer to be buried or cremated, or whether you would like to leave your body for medical research or transplants, and what type of funeral you would like.
You can make your own will but it is usually best to get advice from a solicitor.
If you are aged 70 or over, or disabled, you may be able to get free help from a solicitor under the legal help scheme. You may also get a will written for free if you are a member of a trade union.