Making a will

Final wishes are important, and a will helps put our final affairs in order. Making a will gives you control over where your money and assets go after you die. It and can also reduce the amount of tax paid by your estate.


Wills are particularly important if you:
  • are married or have a partner
  • have children
  • own a house or anything of value or sentimental value
  • have company benefits/insurance policies
  • support a charity and want them to benefit when you die.


What happens if I don’t make a will?

If you die without making a will, the government has laid down strict rules (the Intestacy Rules) which dictate how your estate must be distributed. This could mean that those you hoped would benefit might receive nothing at all.

This section contains general advice. Your tax and financial situation is unique to you, and a solicitor will be able to offer advice that is tailored to fit.


Choosing a solicitor

We have close links with solicitors throughout the communities we serve, for further information please contact Sarah Dodd on 01225 721 480 or email:

Alternatively, if you don’t have a solicitor, the names and addresses of local practices can be found on GOV.UK, or in Yellow Pages, at public libraries and via the Citizens’ Advice Bureau. Or, you may prefer to choose one through personal recommendation.