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February 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 137

Your will is probably the most important legal document you will sign in your life.

Although most people will naturally assume that their estate will simply pass to their surviving spouse, or children, no legal provision is made for common law couples whose relationship has no legal basis. It is therefore important, no matter what your marital status, to have your wishes clearly expressed in a legal document, to avoid problems when you are no longer are around to clarify things.

For instance, you may want to leave certain items of family jewellery to particular relatives, even if these items only have sentimental value. Without leaving a will, no-one will know what you wanted. The easiest thing is to pick up a form from a stationer, but if you have no legal knowledge this route is fraught with danger - not least the risk of an invalid or disputed will.

The wisest choice of action is to use the services of specialist wills and probate solicitors, who can smooth the process. It is never seen as a depressing process when you are making a will, rather that you are showing that you have thought about your relatives and their importance to you.

Death is, of course, part of life, and wills and probate solicitors are used to dealing with these important matters every day. You will, of course, be ignorant of the law, but they are not, and know all the ways of making your will as clear and straightforward as possible. The help of wills and probate solicitors when making your Last Will and Testament will be invaluable to surviving family members, saving them time and extra worry at a difficult time.

You can make a will at any time. In fact, it is advisable to make one as soon as possible, even when you are young and think you are going to live forever. Of course, things change over time, but once you have an existing will, it is simple to alter it, or add extra conditions. If your circumstances change but your will doesn't, your survivors may find that they are left with nothing and your entire estate goes to an ex-partner. While this may be a horrific scenario, your last will was a legal document, and will remain as an expression of your wishes, not just at the time it was made, but at the time of your death. So it is essential to make a will in the first place, but also just as important not to forget about it.

Bonallack & Bishop are a specialist Probate Solicitors. If you need some help and advice on wills, probate and disputed will cases, then contact them today. Senior Partner Tim sees himself as a businessman who owns a law firm.

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