A will is a legal document that sets out how you wish your estate (including property, cash, shares and personal possessions) to be distributed after your death. It can also record other wishes such as your funeral arrangements.
A will must comply with certain laws in order to be valid. For example, a will must be signed and have two witnesses who are not beneficiaries.
If you do not make a will, the intestacy rules will determine how your estate is distributed on your death. The rules may not be appropriate to your circumstances and/or wishes.
Making a will means you can decide exactly who gets your assets after your death. A will means you can:
All advice contained within this section relates to England and Wales only.