Five top tips for writing a will

15 September 2017

Did you know almost two thirds of adults in the UK have not written a will?

Writing your will is a great opportunity to get your affairs in order, helps avoid delays and distress for your loved ones and is a fantastic way to support causes like CAFOD that are close to your heart.

Gaynor Jackson, consultant solicitor at Ward Hadaway, shares her five top tips for writing a will.

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1)   List everything you own and anything you owe. This will give you an idea of the value of your estate.

2)   Think about the people and causes you’d like to leave a gift to. You can leave a cash amount, a share of your estate or a particular item. If naming a charity in your will, make sure you include their registered charity number and address.

3)   Choose someone to carry out your wishes – your executors. They can be a trusted relative or friend, or a professional such as a solicitor or accountant.

4)   Once you’ve made your decisions, consult a qualified legal adviser who will help you ensure that everything is covered accurately.

5)   Remember to update your will when your circumstances change, such as having children or retiring. If you want to make a simple change to your will to add a gift to CAFOD, you might want to consider what’s known as a codicil. See an example of a codicil and other frequently asked questions.

CAFOD and the National Free Wills Network

Many of us put off writing a will. Perhaps it seems like a daunting task, complicated to arrange, expensive or time-consuming. But it doesn’t have to be!

CAFOD is part of the National Free Wills Network and can help you have a simple will written for free.

George and Eleanor, CAFOD supporters from London, used the Network to write their wills. “I’m fortunate to be in a position that my children can be looked after and I can also remember CAFOD. Writing our wills using the Network was simple, straightforward and easy – it took less than an hour!” George told us. “CAFOD supporters would be foolish not to use it!

“Leaving a gift to CAFOD is a way for something to live on for many years. I trust them to use the gift wisely to tackle future challenges.”

There’s no obligation to remember CAFOD in your will when using this service, but we do hope you’ll consider the incredible difference your gift could make to those around the world who will need our support in the future.

Find out more about the National Free Wills Network

To find out more about will writing, contact Hannah on 020 7095 5367 or email legacy@cafod.org.uk

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