A Will is a legal document that records the wishes of individuals with regard to the distribution and administration of their estate when they die, along with who should look after their children under 18. If you haven’t got around to making a Will, the government could decide what happens to your estate and children if you were to die without a Will (intestate).
Single Wills are for one person and one person only. Mirror Wills are for two people, usually a couple (further information on Mirror Wills can be found here – Mirror Will ). This section provides more information on making a Single Will and who can make a Single Will, along with outlining the content and structure of a Single Will
What is a Single Will?
A single Will is a legal document that allows an individual to write down their wishes for when they pass away. A single Will enables an individual to decide:
- who should benefit from receiving their estate, property and assets (appointing Beneficiaries)
- who should manage the administration of their Will and the distribution of their estate (appointing Executors)
- who should look after their children when they die (appointing Guardians)
- preferences for the arrangements of their funeral and what happens to their body (i.e. if they are to be buried, cremated, organs donated)
Who should make a Single Will?
Answering the question “who should make a Single Will” is relatively straightforward; any individual with children, family, close friends, step-family, property, savings, assets, stocks, shares, any items of monetary value and/or any items of sentimental value should make a Will. This is because it enables them to decide what happens to the people and property they care for when they die.
Almost anyone is eligible to make a Single Will, however there are a couple of legal requirements for those considering making a Will in the UK. To make a Will you need to be 18 years of age or older and of sound mind.
A single Will does not necessarily need to be made by someone who is single, as you can make a Will regardless of your marital status i.e. a Single Will can be made by someone who is in a relationship but who has opposing views from their partner.