3 pitfalls that make your Will legally void
We all know how important it is to make a Will to ensure loved ones are cared for after our death. However, whether you have made a Will with a solicitor, using a Will pack or made a Will online, there are some common pitfalls that could render your Will legally void.
Many Wills are contested and are often not legally sound, a fact which can lead to intestacy or could incur an additional 10% in probate fees, to rectify the situation. The 3 most common pitfalls are:
You can make changes to your Will once it has been written, signed and witnessed. However, if your situation changes and you want to make a change to your Will, you need to do so with what is called a Codicil. Each Codicil will need to be signed and witnessed, just like the original Will. Sometimes if major changes are needed, it is advisable to create a new Will. Updating or making a new Will is free for our customers at Nine Minute Will.
Your beneficiaries are those who will inherit according to your Will, executors are those making sure it is carried out according to your wishes. It is important to use their full name and gender in your Will and state their relationship to you, so that they can be identified after your death. Sometimes beneficiaries or executors named in a Will have since passed, so it is important to keep your Will up to date and to provide alternatives in case of death.
Make sure your Will is dated and signed by you and 2 witnesses in the following way:
- Date and sign your Will with both witnesses present
- Both witnesses sign your Will with you present
Your witnesses are not allowed to benefit from your Will and cannot be married to a beneficiary. You and both of your Witnesses must be in the same room (in sight of the Will) during the entire signing process.
Finally, inform your relatives and executors about your Will.
Nine Minute Will offers affordable Wills online. Our single Wills cost only £19.99 and can be made in just a few minutes. Our friendly UK team has been serving customers since 1993. Find out more about our Wills at www.nineminutewill.com or call us for free on 0800 043 2559.
Latest posts by Silversurfer's Editor (see all)
- Get a happier, healthier lifestyle by embracing Hygga - July 28, 2017
- Would you opt to be microchipped? - July 27, 2017
- Have you encountered casual ageism? - July 26, 2017
- Role of Grandparent – Disciplinarian or Fun Maker? - July 26, 2017
- Introducing Susie’s Snappy Swimsuit! - July 25, 2017
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!