End of life care

Making a will


If you want to be confident your wishes will be followed after you die, it is important to make a will.

Your will lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. If you die without a will, the law decides who gets what!

If you have a child(ren) under the age of 18, making a will allows you to appoint a guardian(s) for them. If you do not have a will that outlines this and both parents die, the Council or the courts will decide who should look after them.

For more information visit: Make A Will

Planning Ahead – Wills

Will Aid

Will Aid is a partnership between the legal profession and nine UK charities. Every November, participating solicitors volunteer their time and waive their fee for writing a basic will. Instead, they invite individuals to make a voluntary donation to Will Aid.

For more information visit: Will Aid or call 0300 0300 013.

Role of An Executor

Anyone who makes a will must name an executor. An executor is legally responsible for carrying out the instructions in the will and handling the estate (money, property and possessions).

The tasks most associated with being an executor include:

  • registering the death
  • arranging the funeral
  • taking responsibility for property and post
  • valuing the estate
  • sorting out finances
  • dealing with any assets
  • paying any Inheritance Tax
  • applying for probate
  • distributing the estate. 

For more information visit How To Be An Executor or call 0800 169 65 65.