This website will help you to make your will. It explains all the requirements for a legally valid will in England and Wales and points out the problems that can arise if a will isn't made properly. Bear in mind that 0ver 60% of people in the UK have not written a will. Whilst you can write your own will it is always an idea to seek legal help.
The website covers the law in England and Wales only. The law in other parts of the British Isles is different in many respects and is not covered. Anyone (including a foreign national) who is aged 18 or older and who lives in England and Wales, or who owns property here, can make a will under English law.
Conversely, residents of England and Wales may make wills in other parts of the world if they own property there.
The law relating to wills and the administration of the affairs of deceased people is vast and complicated.
The leading work on the subject of wills extends to two large volumes and many thousands of words. In a website this size it is impossible to go into the same depth or to cover each and every situation which may arise.
However, if your affairs are straightforward, you should be able to make a valid will following the guidance within this site or see http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Death/Preparation/DG-10029800 for more help.
If your affairs are more complicated, you will still find the information helpful. It will help you to gather your thoughts and map out your wishes before seeking professional advice on the actual drafting of your will.
This website also covers the basic process of administration of a deceased's estate.
'Estate' is the term used to describe the assets the deceased leaves and the liabilities to be settled. The term 'administration' means the collecting in of the assets, settlement of the liabilities, winding up of the tax affairs of the deceased and paying out the money due to the beneficiaries.
Finding a solicitor
If you need to make a will but don't have a solicitor, visit “Find a solicitor and search under 'Wills and Probate' at www.lawsociety.org.uk to get details of solicitors in your area. Or you can call 020 7320 5650.