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Sample Wills

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The following section contain examples of wills drafted to meet a variety of common situations. They cover such matters as appointments of testators and guardians, legacies to executors, grandchildren or friends and various gifts of residue. In addition, each will gives an indication of different funeral wishes so as to illustrate how to express what you want.

Each will is written as if drawn up by a man. If you are a woman leaving a gift to your husband, just substitute the word 'husband' for the word 'wife' and the word 'executor' for the word 'executrix' where appropriate in the sample text. Remember also to change 'his' to 'her' in the attestation clause.

At each point where a person is named as executor or beneficiary you should insert his or her full name and address.

It would be impossible to give an example of each and every type of will a testator may wish to make. It is, therefore, possible that you will need to amend some of the clauses or swap clauses between wills.

You must have:

1. The heading i.e. 'This is the last will and testament [etc.


2. The clause revoking former wills.

3. The appointment of executors.



4. A clause giving the residue of your estate to a beneficiary or group of beneficiaries.

5. The 'in witness' statement which includes the date.

6. The attestation clause, i.e. 'signed by the said [etc]'.

In between the appointment of executors and the residue clause, you may wish to add a gift of money or a specific object, such as your car, to a named beneficiary. You may also wish to appoint a guardian or guardians for your children. After the residue clause and before the 'in witness' statement, you may wish to insert your funeral wishes.

Remember to authorise your executors to pay for a memorial if you want one.

Remember that these wills are intended for people with very straightforward affairs. Do not attempt to set up any complicated trust arrangements. The only trust set out in the sample wills is a very simple trust to provide for your pet's welfare after your death.

Do not try and change this to apply to your spouse or children.

If you are in any doubt as to how to proceed, or whether the examples given are appropriate in your situation, please seek professional advice, do not attempt to make your own will.

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Perhaps you might consider taking legal advice from a solicitor about making a will if any of the following apply to your circumstances:


  1. A number of people could make a claim on your estate when you pass away because they depend on yourself financially
  2. You want to include a trust in your will (perhaps to provide for children, to save tax, or simply protect your assets in some way after you become deceased)
  3. Your physical and permanent home is not in the UK and / or you are not a British citizen
  4. You live here in the UK but you have additional property abroad
  5. You own all or part of a UK business.

see: Making a will - The Law Society. Please note that will making differs in Scotland and this website currently deals with English law.

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