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Do I need to make a Will?

Legal experts Simpson Millar on everything lesbians and bisexual women need to know about writing a will.

Simpson Millar

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:21:06 GMT | Updated today

What comes to mind when you think about writing a will? 

 

Unnecessary? Time-consuming? Expensive? Maybe even slightly morbid, therefore best avoided?

 

Even though it's not the happiest subject you'll ever speak to your partner about, the reality is that a Will is a powerful legal document that is often overlooked by many LGBT and straight couples who aren't married. 

 

How can a Will benefit me and my partner? 

 

No one likes to think about it, but if the worst were to happen, having a properly drafted Will in place can ensure that your partner and your family won't be left in a difficult situation. 

 

If you're on the fence about whether you need a Will, here's a few benefits of making arrangements early on:

 

  • You can decide how your most prized possessions should be divided - a Will gives you the power to control how your assets will be split amongst those you care most about. Whether it's choosing who should have your family heirlooms or who you want to leave in charge of your finances, you should have the final say.

  • It might reduce the chances of disputes arising between your loved ones - just like everyone has different ideas about what takeout you should get on a Friday night, when it comes to deciding how to share your assets between your family and friends, it's not uncommon for disagreements or even disputes to occur if there isn't a Will setting out clear instructions. That's why having a Will in place can keep the tensions to a minimum.

  • You can protect your partner as well as any future generations - one of the biggest perks of creating a Will is that you can make sure your children and your partner receive the possessions that you want them to have.  

 

Making a list of the items you own, deciding who should get them, and transferring this information into a Will might seem quite straightforward. But, a poorly written Will that has errors, or doesn't contain the right type of wording, or the right information may be wholly invalid and have no effect whatsoever on what happens after your death.   

 

Having your Will drafted by an experienced solicitor will give you peace of mind that you have done your best to ensure your family's future is protected. Hopefully this will help to prevent them from experiencing even more heartache if the worst were to happen. 

 

Whether you're ready to make a Will or simply want some advice, our professional team of Private Client solicitors will ensure that you get the support you need. Give us a call today on 0800 260 5005 or visit simpsonmillar.co.uk/lgbtrights

 

 

 

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