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Making a Will in Scotland - Will Writing Lawyers

A Will is one of the most important legal documents you will ever draft and having one will ensure that your wishes will be respected. The legal document will convey to your family how to administer your estate and distribute the assets. Therefore considering matters such as who your executor should be, who should benefit from your estate, funeral instructions as well as other factors is crucial in order to ensure your estate is divided in accordance with your wishes. At Jones, our team of private client solicitors will present you with all options available to you, assisting you with planning for the future.

There are different types of Wills such as Single Wills, Mirror Wills as well as Trust Wills. Our professional team of private client solicitors will discuss your individual circumstances and advise you as to what type of Will is most suitable for you.

As mentioned above, there are a number of things you should include in your Will prior to providing your final instructions to your solicitor:

Executor

It is very important to choose an executor, as they will be responsible for the administration of the estate of the deceased’s person. An executor is responsible for the process of ingathering your assets, settling any outstanding bills as well as dividing your estate in accordance with your wishes and law. Bearing in mind that this is very serious responsibility, it is crucial to ensure you will choose the right person for this position.

 At Jones Whyte, our dedicated private client team will talk you through the process and ensure that you have considered all possible options prior to making any final decisions.

Beneficiaries

It is important to consider carefully whom you wish to benefit from your estate. Our team of experienced private client solicitors will advise you to consider whether you wish to leave any specific gifts, monies or items to your loved ones or perhaps to charitable causes. It is also necessary to consider what will happen to the residue of your estate.

Guardianship of your children

If you have children under the age of 18, it is also important to ensure that you will consider who should be appointed as a guardian for your children. It is therefore crucial to think about who would be suitable for this role. It is always best to appoint at least two individuals in order to ensure certainty in the event that one individual might be unable or unwilling to act. Our team of private client solicitors have vast experience in drafting Wills with guardianship clauses and they will guide you through the entire process from start to finish.

Funeral arrangements

It is advisable to include you funeral wishes in your Will, specifying what type of funeral you would like and indicate whether you have any further specific instructions.

At Jones Whyte, our team of specialist private client solicitors will guide you through the process of drafting your Will, discuss your assets with you and advise you on what you should include in your Will. For a discussion about your Will, please contact our private client team today on 0131 278 3423.

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