The first step you must take is to prepare a will!
Writing a will is your best opportunity to provide for the people you love, and ensure your faith lives on in the church.
Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about wills and how to go about preparing one:
Why should I bother to write a will?
If you die without a valid will your estate will be distributed according to the laws of intestacy. It could take years for your family to gain access to your funds and they may not receive all you would have liked them to get. Dependents not formally recognised as family (such as step-children) do not have automatic rights under the laws of succession. A will is also vital if you have children or dependants who may not be able to care for themselves. Without a will there could be uncertainty about who will look after or provide for them if you die.
How much does it cost to write a will?
A simple will can cost as little as £70 for an individual and around £120 for couples.
How do I find a solicitor?
To find a local solicitor with the right experience contact the Law Society 020 7320 5650 or email email@example.com We wouldn’t advise you to try writing your own will. A professional can help you consider all eventualities and avoid mistakes that could invalidate your will or cause delays, disputes and heartbreak when the time comes to administer the estate.
What do I need to think about when writing a will?
A will is important but it needn’t be complicated. Along with the right legal advice from your solicitor, this checklist will help you to make sure that your wishes are carried out. It might save money if you complete this checklist before approaching a solicitor.
How do charitable legacies affect Inheritance Tax?
More information on tax can be found at www.hmrc.gov.uk/inheritancetax
What information should I include to remember the Jesuits in Britain in my will?
Can I decide where my legacy will be spent?
Do I have to tell the Jesuits in Britain of plans to remember them in my will?
How will my gift be honoured?