Will for a single person (England and Wales)

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What’s a will for a single person & when do you need it?

This is a simple template for a business owner (without a life partner/spouse) who is putting in place a will and who is domiciled in England and Wales.

It needn’t be the first will that you’ve ever created since the wording of this will very deliberately states that it supersedes and extinguishes any previous will that you may have put in place.

If you’re living elsewhere, you should take advice on this template as there may be legal and/or tax nuances that may affect how your wishes will be carried out (and if they could be subject to any challenge).

However, if you hold assets elsewhere in the UK or further abroad, you should consider whether you want to keep them outside the scope of this will. In some cases, you may have no choice but to keep them outside the scope of this will.

For example, in some foreign countries, if you buy property there, you must also execute a foreign will related to that property. It’s a good idea to get advice if you’re in this position, so you can be confident that both wills work coherently together and are legally enforceable.

What else might you need?

If you have a life partner/spouse and you want to put together or replace, a will, please use our separate template will for a married/partnered person

For plenty of user-friendly guidance on creating wills, where to store them, who to tell about them and how to update them, see our guide: Making a will - whats the point and why you should….

It’s good to chat through your requirements with an expert when you create your will, to ensure that your version covers everything that’s important to you and that you’re not missing anything critical, like key considerations affecting the running of your business, tax consequences or ensuring it’s properly signed and enforceable.

These discussions needn’t cost you a lot. Our pay-as-you-go Speak To A Lawyer service is ideally positioned to help you. And our expert partners have tiered pricing solutions if you want them to take care of the drafting altogether.

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