Create a document
The first thing that you need to do is create an initial document. You can name this document as 'Last Testament' or 'Legal Will'. To start with, write your full legal name and provide your existing address. You will have to start by writing a declaration paragraph, in which you will declare that you are of legal age and sound mind. Moreover, you will mention that these are your wishes and desires and you’ve not been coerced by anyone. Lastly, you will add that this is your final will, and any will made before this is null and void.
Appoint a trustee
A trustee or an executor is a person that represents you after your death. This person is responsible for representing your wishes and desires in front of your family and friends, as well as managing and distributing your assets among your heirs. People who write a Will normally nominate their friends or family members to be their trustees, but it maybe better to designate your solicitor or financial advisor
as they will be unbiased and impartial. You need to make sure that your trustee is trustworthy, reliable, and responsible. You can also compensate your trustee by mentioning them in the will.
Specify a guardian
This is something very important in the process of will writing if you have kids. You can’t miss this if you have kids under the legal adult age and they still need someone to look after them. As a parent, you want the best for your children and it is better to appoint someone to take care of your children if you are the only surviving parent or your partner is unfit to provide care. You don’t want a court or jury to make this decision for your kids so it is better to write this down in your Will. It is better to discuss with your children beforehand about their potential guardians and talk to the guardians as well.
Name the beneficiaries
Beneficiaries are the people who will benefit from your property and assets after you die. These could include your spouse, children, close relatives, or friends. You need to mention them in your Will not forgetting to write their full legal names. Will writing can be tricky, so make sure that you properly identify the beneficiaries in your Will. Moreover, people make the mistake of naming their pet as the beneficiary. That can create many problems for your family. It could be better to name someone who could take care of your pet after you die.
This is one of the most important steps of will writing. You need to make a list of your current assets and write the name(s) of who gets what. You can also decide to disinherit a relative or family member because of personal reasons, but you need to mention that in your Will. You have to give a clear reason for disinheriting that certain person otherwise there could be confusion and ambiguity after your death.
It’s worth noting that insurance policies and some funds are not a part of the Will and are may have their own beneficiary rules.
Take signs of witnesses
Once you are done with writing your will, you need to have two witnesses sign this legal document. The witnesses are supposed to be above the age of 18 and not be the beneficiaries. Sign and add the date and ask your witnesses to sign and add dates too. This legitimises your will.
Keep your Will safe
Keep your will in a safe place and let your trustee know where it is. You should review this will after every two to three years and add or subtract any beneficiary or asset that you want. You can make any changes that you want in your will.