Bequeathed - a guide to your will

Using this guide

When you choose Bequeathed to make your will, you’ll find lots of guidance and explanatory notes on the screens where you are being asked the relevant questions.

Sometimes, however, we know that you may want more explanation. So we have prepared this section to give you more context about the interview, what the questions mean and why we are asking them. And then we tell you what the effect of your answers will be.

You can use these pages to expand on the guidance in the interview, and it is helpfully arranged to match the structure of the interview.

What other help can you get?

Is the jargon getting in the way? We try and avoid it as much as possible, but sometimes we just can’t. After all, a will is a solemn legal document and it needs to be written and drafted in the right way. So to help you see your way through the language, we have put together a Glossary of terms which you might read in our guidance or our will, or hear in many other contexts.

And don’t always rely on what someone once said to you about the rights and wrongs of making a will: read our Mythbusters to find out the real position.

Finally – use our live chat facility to get instant help along the way.

Select an article:

Creator of the will

Create your will yourself, but take care if you are receiving help

Your details

Your name, address and other essential details to identify you in your will, and whether you have children or stepchildren

Your status

Specify whether you are married, in a civil partnership, living together with someone, or single

Funeral wishes

Give your executors your instructions as to your funeral 

Guardians

Who will look after your children?

Beneficiaries

You can leave everything to one person, or make specific gifts to particular people

Gifts of assets and personal possessions

Use your will to make gifts of specific items or assets to named people

Receipts for gifts to minors

Children cannot usually receive gifts before they are 18

Gift of land, buildings etc

Your home, and any other property you own, will probably form the bulk of your estate

Gifts to charities

Use your will to carry on supporting your favourite charities

Cash gifts

You can make as many cash gifts as you wish in your will

Gift of residuary estate

Identify who is to receive the remainder when all your specific gifts are distributed

Gift of tax free allowance

It may be worth making a gift of the nil rate band

Executors

Choose executors who can manage the responsibility, and consult with them first

Survivorship provision

A survivorship provision prevents your assets passing to someone who dies either at the same time as you, or shortly afterwards

Letter of wishes

Use a letter of wishes to give guidance to trustees and guardians