Writing a will

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Writing a will

Writing a will can be straightforward. Our guidelines will make the process a little easier.

Saïd and family in South Wollo, Ethiopia. Photo: Caroline Irby, 2007. You might be getting your first mortgage or maybe feel like it’s time to prepare for the future. Either way, you’ll find making a will a simple process.

To help you prepare for it, please refer to the following guidelines:

1. Find a solicitor - if you don't already use a solicitor, friends and family can often advise you on selecting one. Otherwise, you can find some online here.

2. Make a list of all your assets ie property, car, savings, insurance policies etc. and their approximate value

3. Make a list of all your liabilities ie mortgage, other loans, overdraft, credit cards etc.

4. Consider who you would like to look after your financial affairs (your executors) and ensure the selected persons would be willing to act in that role.

5. Consider how you would like your assets divided (bear in mind your obligations to people who are close to you).

6. Visit your solicitor to discuss your plans and to allow him/her to prepare your will. They should advise you in terms of the tax implications of leaving legacies to family, friends or charities.

7. If it is something you would like to do, please consider including a gift to Concern.

For more information about legacies please contact Kevin Byrne: [email protected] or phone ++ 353 1 417 7709.