What should I do next?
Before you make a care decision, look into it a little more and ask advice where you can. These resources should be able to help you:
Your will is a legal document that ensures your money, property and possessions go where you want them to after your death. There are several services that can help you write your will in Torbay.
Making a will ensures your property, money and possessions go where you want them to, and can even help ensure your recipients don’t pay more Inheritance Tax than they need to.
If you die without a will, the law will decide who gets what.
You can write your will yourself, but you should always seek advice as it can be a complex process.
To make it legally valid, your document will need to be formally witnessed and signed. If you want to update your will, you need to make an official alteration (called a ‘codicil’) or make a new will.
Your will should set out several things, including:
You should always seek legal advice when writing a will, especially if it’s not straightforward, for example:
Many people choose to keep their will at home, but you can also store it with:
You can find out more about storing your will by reading information from the Probate Service.
Tell your executor (the person who’s going to carry out your will) where the will is.
Your will is only legally valid if you:
If you make any changes to your will, you must follow the same signing and witnessing process.
You cannot leave your witnesses (or their married partners) anything in your will.
Review your will every five years and after any major change in your life (separation, divorce, marriage, having children, moving house).
You should also update your will if the executor named in the will dies.
To adjust a will after it’s been signed and witnessed, you need to make an official alteration called a codicil.
This codicil must be witnessed in the same way as a will. There are no limits on how many codicils you can add to a will.
However, for major changes you should make a new will. This should explain that it revokes (officially cancels) all previous wills and codicils. You should destroy your old will by burning it or tearing it up.