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A will is a legal document which sets out how your estate will be dealt with upon your death. In order for the Will to be valid it needs to comply with certain legal formalities. It is for this reason you should always seek advice when making a will.

Your will should state who you want to administer your estate (your Executors) and who you wish to benefit from your estate (your Beneficiates). The language used in your will should be clear and concise to ensure there your wishes can be understood upon your death.

Anybody over the age of 18 can make a will provided that they have capacity to do so. Many disputes arise regarding wills of elderly people whereby potential beneficiaries may seek to claim that you lacked capacity. This is another reason to seek advice when making a will and reduce the risk of your wishes being overturned upon your death.

If you do not make a will before your death your estate will be dealt with in accordance with the intestacy rules. This may mean that somebody you intended to benefit on your death does not receive any benefit through the intestacy rules. To ensure your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes making a will is recommended.

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