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