With lots of information out there about Wills, writing yours can seem daunting. We’ve boiled the essential information down into manageable sections.
Storing Your Will
If you store your Will with us, it is currently locked away in our state-of-the-art secure document storage vault; protected from fire, theft and damage.
When needed, your Will can be quickly retrieved and delivered directly, and securely, to the people you have expressly chosen, ensuring it is always in safe hands.
If you currently store your Will at home, or elsewhere, and would like the peace-of-mind offered by using a safe storage facility for your Will, or other legal documents, contact us now; we will explain our affordable options and help you through the process.
Family and Friends Vault
Not only can you store your important documents with us, but as part of a unique storage service we have available, your family and friends can take advantage of our facilities as well*. Find out now if you qualify for this exclusive offer.
*Subject to status
How long does it take to update a Will?
Once we have finalised your updates, you can expect to receive your new Will within one calendar month.
How do I retrieve a Will?
You know where your Will is, and that it is in a safe place; but does anyone else? Registering your Will on the National Will Register is the process of recording your Wills location. When your Will is needed, this makes things a little easier for your loved ones; while safeguarding your wishes.
If a Will cannot be found after your death, it can cause all sorts of complications.
If you have made a Will with Trust Inheritance, we automatically register your Will with the National Will Register; free of charge (usually £30 including VAT).
You can update The National Will Register yourself using this Will Registration Form, even if you made your Will with another company. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill out.
How do I sign my Will?
You’ve taken the first step of having your Will drafted. It is now of vital importance that you execute your Will (sign it, date it and have it witnessed) correctly. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help. Our Customer Care Team are also on hand via live chat, telephone and email to guide you through what to do.
Please read and follow the simple checklist below when signing and witnessing your Will:
- Do have TWO independent witnesses present at all times when signing (or initialing) your Will.
- Witnesses do not need to read the Will or know its contents, although they should be told what it is. They are simply witnessing your signature and acknowledging that you have signed the Will freely, and on that basis that the contents of the Will have been understood and approved by you.
- Witnesses must be over 18 years old (do not let a minor witness your Will).
- Do sign your name at the bottom of each page first (except the final page). Your witnesses aren’t required to do this.
- Do sign the Will in the same colour as both witnesses i.e. all signatures completed using black ink.
- Do where indicated write the date clearly in full, including the year. e.g. 12th day of January 2014, on the final page.
- Do sign with your usual signature alongside where it says ‘Signature of Testator’ on the final page.
- Do get your witnesses to sign and print their names, write their address and occupation on the final page.
- Do make sure all signatures are witnessed by all those present.
- Do make sure that if you correct your Will in any way, it must be initialled by you and by both your witnesses in the margin alongside.
All Wills have to be signed and witnessed correctly to make them effective. Failure to do so will make your Will invalid.
- Do not sign or initial any part of your Will without your witnesses being present.
- Do not ask a beneficiary, nor the spouse or registered civil partner of a beneficiary, to witness the Will, as any benefit or interest to which they are entitled within the Will, will be lost.
- Do not use correction fluid or Tipp-Ex on your Will if you make a mistake.
- Do not fasten anything to your Will, e.g. staples, paper clips.
How do I revoke my Will?
Revoking a Will means that you do not want your current Will to stand, so in effect you are ‘cancelling’ it. There may be several reasons for this – you have updated your wishes, you have married, or you simply do not want your current Will to take effect. You can also revoke your Will by destroying the original.
To ensure there are no problems in the future, please let us know if you do revoke a Will we have produced for you so we can update our records.
How do I contest a Will?
The law makes provision for disappointed beneficiaries to challenge a Will in two scenarios. The circumstances most commonly arise:
- If you were given assurances by the testator during their lifetime about inheriting land or property, only to have those promises not honoured in the Will. In this case, you could use a legal challenge called Proprietary Estoppel.
- If you wish to argue that not enough was set aside for you in the Will given your financial dependency and the nature of your relationship with the deceased, you would use the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975; sometimes referred to as the Inheritance Act.
If you believe you have strong grounds for challenging or contesting a Will, contact us for further information.
How much help do I need?
Not sure where to start? Complete our simple questionnaire. It only takes a few minutes and is designed to help you decide how much professional assistance you need making a Will, whether it’s online, via the telephone or face to face.
*You will be directed to the How Much Help website to complete the questionnaires