do I need to go to a solicitor to draw up a new will or is it easy enough to do myself?
my affairs are very simple (assets meager). can you supply me with or point me in the direction of a useful template?
Also can i / do i need to register it somewhere to make it effective?
There are lots of templates I could point you too but I still owuld suggest that Will Aid might be a better option. If you agree and understand what I am saying then please respond and I will forward you a template.
Will find you one now -
as requested - please see below
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THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me
I revoke all my former Wills and Codicils and declarethis to be my last Will (‘my Will')
1 (a) I APPOINT
to be the Executors and Trustees of this my Will (hereinaftercalled "my Trustees");
(b) The expression "my Trustees" shall where the context admits include suchperson or
persons as shall become anexecutor or trustee by virtue of this clause and the trustees or trustee forthe time being of this Will whether original additional or substituted
2 IGIVE all of my
3 I GIVE all my property not hereby or by any Codicil hereto otherwiseeffectively disposed of (including any entailed or other property over which Ishall have at my death a general power of disposition by Will) to my Trusteesupon trust as follows :-
(a) My Trustees shall have power at their discretion to sell all or any ofsuch property when they think fit;
(b) My Trustees shall pay myfuneral and testamentary expenses my debts and any legacies given by this Willor any Codicil hereto and (except as otherwise provided by this Will or anyCodicil hereto) pay all taxes duties and other imposts payable on or by reasonof my death which are leviable in any part of the world in respect of my estate(whether movable or immovable) passing under this Will or any Codicil heretoout of the proceeds of any such sale and any ready money comprised in my estate;
(c) Subject as aforesaid myTrustees shall invest all such moneys in any of the investments herebyauthorised with power to change the investment thereof into any other investmentshereby authorised and shall hold such property and the assets from time to timerepresenting the same (hereinafter called "my Residuary Estate") and the incomethereof upon the trusts hereinafter declared
4 MY TRUSTEES shallhold my Residuary Estate and the income thereof upon trust for such of
my children the said .......... as shall be living at my death and if morethan one in equal shares absolutely PROVIDED THAT should both of my childrenpredecease me leaving issue living at my death whoshall attain the age of 21 years then such issue shall take by substitution andif more than one in equal shares absolutely per stirpes the half share of myResiduary Estate which their parent would have taken had they survived me
5 Everyperson who would otherwise benefit under my Will but who fails to survive me byone calendar month shall be treated for the purposes of my Will as having diedin my lifetime
6 Thestandard provisions of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (firstedition) shall apply
7 Section 11 of the Trusts of Landand Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 shall not apply
IN WITNESS whereof I havehereunto set my hand this dayof
SIGNED by the said )
as and for herlast Will and Testament in the )
presence of bothof us being present at the )
same time who ather request in her presence )
and in thepresence of each other have )
hereuntosubscribed our names as witnesses )
thanks very much for your help.
sorry for my delayed response I've had a busy few days :-)