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By making a will you can choose someone you trust to be the guardian of your children if something was to happen to you. This is important especially if there is nobody alive who has parental responsibility for them. Without a will, a court could have to decide who would look after any children under 18.

In your will you can also choose who you want to act as Trustee for any children you have who are too young to inherit. The Trustees are the people who will be holding the purse strings. If you don’t have a will, you don’t have any say over who would take on this role. Ultimately, a court may have to decide.

By making a will, you get to choose how old your children must be before they become entitled to their inheritance. However without a will, they would become entitled at the age of 18 which many people feel is too young.

Not only will writing a will put you and your family’s mind at ease, it could also help reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax (IHT) that has to be paid.

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When do I need a will?

There is no given time when an individual needs to create a will. However, no one knows what’s around the corner. Writing a will when you start a family will provide you with the peace of mind that you have chosen what happens to your children and your hard-earned assets if the worst was to happen. We would advise anybody with children to make a will.

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What if my partner and I are not married?

If you are not married or in a civil partnership and you don’t have a will, your partner will not inherit any of your estate. As far as inheritance is concerned, there is no such thing as ‘common law spouse’. If you would want your partner to inherit it is vital that you make a will.

What would happen if my circumstances were to change?

Updating your will is a simple procedure. We recommend that you review your will every few years or if your circumstances change.

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Andrew Milburn


T. 0113 297 3181
E. amilburn@levisolicitors.co.uk

Andrew is Head of Wills, Probate and Trusts and has experience in a wide range of areas of private client work. Andrew is a Dementia Friend, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) as well as Solicitors for the Elderly.

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