Have you made a will yet? If you haven’t, you might want to think about it during November. November is Will Aid month when you can get help from a solicitor to make a will if you make a donation to a charity.
A lot of people put off making a will, but it’s really important to get it done, even if you think you don’t have much to leave behind. For example, did you know that:
- if you die without a will, there are special rules about who can inherit your money, property or your belongings. This may not be how you would have wanted it to be shared out
- if you die without a will and you’re not married, or in a civil partnership, your partner can’t inherit. Even if you’re married, not everything will always go to your spouse. This could make it very difficult for your partner or spouse to manage
- if you have children, you’ll need to make a will if you want to sort out arrangements for the children if either one or both parents die
- you may be able to reduce the amount of tax that might be due on your inheritance if you get advice before you make a will
- if you’ve already got a will but your circumstances have changed, you may need to make a new one. For example, if you’ve got married, your previous will won’t be valid any more.
You can find more information about Will Aid at www.willaid.org.uk including suggestions for a minimum donation and which charities can benefit. The website has a useful will planner to prepare you for an appointment with a solicitor. You can also search for a solicitor in Salford who is taking part in the scheme.