Planning ahead by writing a will early will make things easier for the ones you love and ensure your assets go to where you want them to after you die.
In support of Dying Matters Week (May 12 – 18), NHS West Lancashire CCG, Lancashire County Council and Queenscourt Hospice are encouraging people to write their will early and be assured plans are in place should the worst happen.
A will is a legally binding document that sets out where you want your assets to go when you die.
If you die without a will, then your assets could be distributed according to the law and not necessarily to your wishes.
When it comes to writing your will, it’s best to go to a regulated solicitor where a qualified professional will ensure everything is in order. A badly-worded will can lead to confusion and relatives being left with large legal fees. You can write your will yourself but it’s best to receive legal advice from Citizens Advice if you choose to do this.
There are a few things to consider when writing your will:
- What do you want to leave?
- Do you need to appoint a legal guardian? A Guardian is someone who you have named in your will as the person you would like to be responsible for your children if they are orphaned before turning 18.
- Make sure your beneficiaries don’t have any input into what you put in your will as it could lead to challenges from other beneficiaries.
- You will also need to decide who your executors are; these are the people who will administer your will.
Dying Matters Awareness Week is a national campaign that aims to promote planning ahead by recording your funeral wishes, planning your future care and support, and telling your loved ones your wishes.
Dr John Caine, chair of NHS West Lancashire CCG, said: “The more that we can put into place now while we have the time will make things a lot easier for ourselves and loved ones when the time comes. The slightest of subjects left unresolved can cause argument within a family which will make a difficult time even harder.”
Dr Karen Groves, palliative care lead at Queenscourt Hospice and Southport & Omrskirk NHS Hospital Trust, adds: “We are encouraging everyone including the young and healthy to think about death, talk about it with their family and friends and also make plans.”
To find out more about planning for end-of-life care, visit www.dyingmatters.org
To find out more about writing a will, visit www.gov.uk/make-will