Why should I make a Will?

Making a Will makes things easier for the people you leave behind – you’ll be continuing to look after your loved ones by letting them know your wishes. Otherwise, doubts and disagreement might arise and your estate may not go to the people you intended.

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Having an up-to-date Will is the only way to ensure that:  

  • Your wishes are respected, avoiding difficult decisions and legal complications for your loved ones
  • Your unmarried partner, step and foster children and other dependents are provided for. The law states that only spouses or blood relatives such as children can automatically inherit if there is no Will
  • You can leave them a share of the property in your Will, or a right to reside in the property
  • You can appoint guardians for your children if they're under 18 when you die
  • You can avoid paying more inheritance tax than you need to
  • You will be able to leave a charity you support, like The Salvation Army, a gift when you pass away. You could also reduce the amount of inheritance tax paid by your family if you leave more than 10% of your assets to charity
  • You have your chosen Executor who will settle your affairs
  • You give instructions on who you want to look after your pets
  • Your property and digital assets are protected

As well as our free Will writing services, we have a free Will Guide which breaks down the Will writing process that you can either download or receive a hard copy in the post

If you would like to have a chat with us please contact our friendly Legacy Team on 020 7367 4800 or email legacy.enquiry@salvationarmy.org.uk (create email link)

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Request Your Free Will Guide

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Guidance for Executors

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