Tips on creating a will for engaged couples from MyLawyer.com

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60% of the population die without making a will, which can cause the families left behind with many problems. Avoid leaving your family with difficulties using these tips on creating a will.

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The majority of the UK population do not realise that when you get married any will already in place at the time you marry is automatically revoked and becomes invalid; this means if you died after your marriage and didn’t renew your will, you will be considered legally as to have died intestate. With 30% of all marriages now being remarriages, having an up to date will is highly recommended. It’s not very romantic and not high on the list of priorities when planning your wedding but should be discussed seriously and dealt with appropriately once the celebrations have taken place. Dying intestate means there are state imposed rules which determine how an estate (property, money and belongings) are distributed to the family, and your loved ones might not receive what you wanted them to.
Follow these tips when creating a new will:

  •     Choose the right will for your circumstances – consider using Mutual or Mirror wills
  •     Set out all your assets
  •     Name everybody you wish to benefit from your will, parents, children, siblings, spouses, step-children, godchildren etc.
  •     Be specific about each person’s inheritance
  •     Name someone you trust to be responsible for the care of any children you have under the age of 18
  •     State who should act as executor of your will

Wills can be easily completed online at a greater convenience to you and MyLawyer offers a range of online legal documents with the option of review by a solicitor. So if you are looking at renewing your Will once you marry, or just after some more information about Wills, visit http://www.mylawyer.co.uk.

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