Sample Wills2

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Want to make a start on your will?

Making a will is simple

Making a Will is not about wealth it is about making sure that what you want to happen to your estate does happen. It gives you the opportunity to specify such things as who will administer your estate, who will care for your children and who will receive specific items of your property.

Will appointing friends as executors with everything to spouse and gift over to children



1. I revoke all previous wills made by me

2. I appoint my friends of

and of to be the executors and trustees of this my

will ('my trustees')

3. If my wife survives me by 28 days then subject to

payment of my debts funeral and testamentary expenses I give everything I own to her absolutely provided that if she shall fail to survive me by 28 days or the gift to her shall fail for any other reason the following clauses shall then apply

4. I give everything I own at my death to my trustees upon the following trusts

(a) to pay my debts funeral and testamentary expenses and any tax due as a result of my death

(b) to divide my residuary estate between such of my children as are living at my death and if more than one in equal shares

(c) in the event of any of my children dying before me leaving a child or children alive at my death then such child or children shall take in equal shares the share that his / her or their parent would have taken if he or she had survived me

5. I wish to be buried after a service in my local church and request

that the hymn 'How great thou art' be sung

IN WITNESS whereof I have signed this my will this day of

[month year]

Signed by the said as [Signature of testator]

his last will in the presence of us [Signature of first witness]

both being present at the same [Name, address and occupation of

time who at his request and in first witness]

his presence and in the presence [Signature of second witness]

of each other have hereunto [Name, address and occupation of

signed our names as witnesses second witness]

Will with legacies to grandchildren, residue to wife and gift over to charity on her death

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see: Making a will - The Law Society. Please note that will making differs in Scotland and this website currently deals with English laFree Will download


Perhaps you might consider taking legal advice from a solicitor about making a will if any of the following apply to your circumstances:


  1. A number of people could make a claim on your estate when you pass away because they depend on yourself financially
  2. You want to include a trust in your will (perhaps to provide for children, to save tax, or simply protect your assets in some way after you become deceased)
  3. Your physical and permanent home is not in the UK and / or you are not a British citizen
  4. You live here in the UK but you have additional property abroad
  5. You own all or part of a UK business.

see: Making a will - The Law Society. Please note that will making differs in Scotland and this website currently deals with English law.

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