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This service is not affiliated with the Department of Work and Pensions or any government body. The Pension Tracing Service does not offer financial advice to our clients. However we can allocate you an Authorised and Regulated Pension Specialist. 

Making a will

Making a will

If you are looking for pension advice then it is worth considering that as you get older, you will need to think about what’s going to happen to your wealth when you pass away.

However, even when you're younger, you need to give will advice and pension advice some thought - especially if you have a family who depends on you. 

The most important aspect of this is making a will. By doing this, you will be guaranteed that your estate is passed on to family and friends according to your decisions. If you pass away without having made a will, the law will decide what will happen to your estate. This means your estate may not go to those people you wanted it to go to and it can also delay the formalities required before your estate can be distributed. Couples that are not married, co-habiting  or those without a civil partnership will not be recognised if there is no will – so if you’re not married,  you won’t be able to inherit from each other unless  there is a will in place made by either one of you. Who should write your will? You can write your will yourself – however,  a more sensible option is to use a solicitor as they will be able to ensure your will is legal and correct. A solicitor can also advise you on the more complicated legal matters and advise on how you will be affected by inheritance tax. Solicitors fee’s will vary depending on how complicated your will is, however, you can usually expect to pay between £150 – £200. It is possible to have a will-writer to do it for you. However, not all of these services are reliable.  Even though their fees will be much lower, there have been cases where wills have been inaccurate or have even been miss placed. If you thinking of having a will-writer to do your will for you, you should always make sure that  they are a member of recognized trade body, for example the Institute of Professional Will Writers or The Society of Will Writers. As well as having to follow a code of practice, they also have a complaints procedure if anything happens to go wrong. In some cases, it is possible  to get a will written for free. October marks ‘Free Wills month’ where a number of solicitors offer their services for charitable donations and anyone over the age of 55 can have a basic will drawn up for free. And in November, Will Aid works with solicitors in the UK to run National Make a Will week where again, solicitors donate their time and support for charity.What to include Before writing your will, you should think carefully about what you would like to include in it. You should consider the amount of money you have and your property and possessions – also including your savings, pensions, insurance policies and shares. You will also need to think about who you want to benefit from your will and who would look after any children you have that are under the age of 18. You will also need to appoint between one and four executors who will take responsibility for carrying out your wishes and distributing your estate. Executors often include relatives or friends, solicitors or banks. Where to keep your will Once your will has been completed, you will need to keep it stored carefully and inform your executor of where you have stored it. If a solicitor has drawn up your will, they usually retain the original and forward you a copy, although you can request the original if you want to keep it for yourself. Update your will Make sure you don’t forget to regularly update your will – particularly after a key event such as a marriage, divorce, a separation, birth of a child or  if you have since moved house. A will is usually automatically invalid in England or Wales in you marry. Any change ought to be by ‘codicil’ (an amendment, addition or supplement to a will) or via making a new will. Scottish law The law on inheritance is different in Scotland than England. If you wish to make a will and live in Scotland, you need to contact a solicitor or voluntary organisations like the Citizens Advice Bureau or Age Concern Scotland for advice.

If you are looking for pension advice then it is worth considering that as you get older, you will need to think about what’s going to happen to your wealth when you pass away.

However, even when you're younger, you need to give will advice and pension advice some thought - especially if you have a family who depends on you. 

The most important aspect of this is making a will. By doing this, you will be guaranteed that your estate is passed on to family and friends according to your decisions. If you pass away without having made a will, the law will decide what will happen to your estate. This means your estate may not go to those people you wanted it to go to and it can also delay the formalities required before your estate can be distributed. Couples that are not married, co-habiting  or those without a civil partnership will not be recognised if there is no will – so if you’re not married,  you won’t be able to inherit from each other unless  there is a will in place made by either one of you. Who should write your will? You can write your will yourself – however,  a more sensible option is to use a solicitor as they will be able to ensure your will is legal and correct. A solicitor can also advise you on the more complicated legal matters and advise on how you will be affected by inheritance tax. Solicitors fee’s will vary depending on how complicated your will is, however, you can usually expect to pay between £150 – £200. It is possible to have a will-writer to do it for you. However, not all of these services are reliable.  Even though their fees will be much lower, there have been cases where wills have been inaccurate or have even been miss placed. If you thinking of having a will-writer to do your will for you, you should always make sure that  they are a member of recognized trade body, for example the Institute of Professional Will Writers or The Society of Will Writers. As well as having to follow a code of practice, they also have a complaints procedure if anything happens to go wrong. In some cases, it is possible  to get a will written for free. October marks ‘Free Wills month’ where a number of solicitors offer their services for charitable donations and anyone over the age of 55 can have a basic will drawn up for free. And in November, Will Aid works with solicitors in the UK to run National Make a Will week where again, solicitors donate their time and support for charity.What to include Before writing your will, you should think carefully about what you would like to include in it. You should consider the amount of money you have and your property and possessions – also including your savings, pensions, insurance policies and shares. You will also need to think about who you want to benefit from your will and who would look after any children you have that are under the age of 18. You will also need to appoint between one and four executors who will take responsibility for carrying out your wishes and distributing your estate. Executors often include relatives or friends, solicitors or banks. Where to keep your will Once your will has been completed, you will need to keep it stored carefully and inform your executor of where you have stored it. If a solicitor has drawn up your will, they usually retain the original and forward you a copy, although you can request the original if you want to keep it for yourself. Update your will Make sure you don’t forget to regularly update your will – particularly after a key event such as a marriage, divorce, a separation, birth of a child or  if you have since moved house. A will is usually automatically invalid in England or Wales in you marry. Any change ought to be by ‘codicil’ (an amendment, addition or supplement to a will) or via making a new will. Scottish law The law on inheritance is different in Scotland than England. If you wish to make a will and live in Scotland, you need to contact a solicitor or voluntary organisations like the Citizens Advice Bureau or Age Concern Scotland for advice.

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