Have you made a will?

The Law Society of Northern Ireland is encouraging the public to make a will during November which is ‘Will Month’.

It is reported that more than half of the population have never got round to writing a will, despite the fact that dying without one could cause major stress for loved ones. If you have never got around to making a will – or you have an existing will which needs updating – there has never been a better time to take action.  Many solicitors are offering special rates during November.

Making a will is quick and easy to do

It really doesn’t take long to make a will. Just arrange to see your solicitor, let them know the things you own and who you would like to leave them to. You also need to think about who you would like to act as your executors (these are the people who will make sure your wishes are carried out).

In your will you can make important arrangements like appointing legal guardians for your children and including specific funeral requests. If you fail to make arrangements  for what happens to the things you own a large amount could be lost in Inheritance tax.

Updating an existing will can be even quicker especially if you are only making minor changes.

Leaving a Gift to Charity

It is easy to leave a gift to a charity in your will. A gift, whether large or small, always makes a big difference to the charity concerned.

Gifts made in wills to Assisi help fund lots of our vital services and we couldn’t do what we do without them. The fact that no Inheritance Tax is payable on gifts to charities made during your lifetime or through your will means your donation can have much more impact.

Your solicitor can advise on what best suits your circumstances, if you wish to make a gift to charity when making or amending a will.

For more information on finding and choosing a solicitor, consult the Law Society of Northern Ireland website:

Law Society of NI: http://www.lawsoc-ni.org/news-events-and-media/news/item/413/have-you-made-a-will/

Solicitor’s Directory: http://www.lawsoc-ni.org/solicitors-directory/?search_solicitor=&search_firm=&search_category=39&search_location=&x=32&y=17

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