Why make a will?
You don’t have to make a will, but if you don’t, your estate may not pass to the people you’d like it to go to.
If you die with no will – this is called dying “intestate” – your estate will pass to members of your family according to fixed rules set out by law.
See here for a summary of the intestacy rules in England and Wales.
It is especially important to make a will if:
- you are not married to your partner, or are in a same-sex relationship
- you want to pass some of your estate to step-children you haven't adopted, god-children, or friends
- you want to exclude any of your children