How to make a will to protect your family

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With a new baby on the scene, making a will is the single most important thing you can do to make sure your child is provided for and cared for by people you would choose if anything should happen to you.

Why should you make a will when you’ve had a baby?

Well, first of all, no one knows what’s round the corner. And if you die without a will, it’s the law that decides who gets what.

That means members of your family could receive less than you or they expected, and you could leave them with an unnecessary financial mess.

But a will isn’t just about money – it’s also about deciding who should look after your children if you die (appointing a guardian or guardians for them), and making proper financial arrangements for them as they grow up.

Top tip: Sleep soundly at night knowing that your children and partner will be taken care of according to your wishes if anything happens to you by making a will.

If you are unmarried with children?

Fewer people are getting married today than at any time in the last 100 years. But sadly, the law hasn’t quite caught up with that fact.

The reality is that if you die without a will, your unmarried partner is not automatically legally entitled to anything.

In the worst case, that could mean your partner not being able to stay in the family home or not having enough money to bring up your children.

Make a will or review the one you have to make sure your partner and children gets what you want them to have.

Read about the importance of making a will if you’re not married on the the Money Advice Service Advicenow website.

Did you know? Many people think that ‘common law’ partners have automatic rights to inherit if their partner dies. They don’t. Without a will they might have to go to court.

Writing a will

There are three main options to choose from when getting your will drawn up

  • Do it yourself
  • Use a solicitor
  • Use a will-writing service

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