A Gift for Life
Viva!’s Guide to Making a Will
Why make a Will?
Leaving a Will means that your wishes will be carried out and that your Estate will be distributed as you wish. If you do not make a Will, the law will decide where your money goes, which may not be as you wish.
A Will is a legal document and failing to leave one can mean a lengthy and possibly expensive process for your relatives. Merely writing down your wishes may not be legally enforceable. Even if you are married, without a Will your spouse may be entitled to all your assets only if you have no other living relatives. It could mean having to sell the family house to give other relatives their share.
Unmarried couples fare even worse - if there is no Will, the surviving partner is often not entitled to anything, even the house they have been living in. If you have no relatives or partner, the Government will keep everything if you die ‘intestate’ (not having a Will). None of this need happen if a Will is drawn up. You decide who gets what from your Estate, leaving no room for doubt or the possibility of costly legal fees in the case of arguments.
Wills are also the best way to ensure that friends and groups such as Viva! are remembered and receive the gifts you intended.