Many of us assume that, if we die without a will, our possessions will just go to the people closest to us. But in fact, the fate of our possessions, our money and even our home, would be decided by the law.
Making a will can reduce the financial and administrative burden on your loved ones, giving them certainty and making conflict less likely.
Mirror wills are usually made by married couples or civil partners. Normally, the first to die leaves their estate to the survivor. When the survivor dies, the estate passes to the beneficiaries (who are the same people in both wills).
A pair of wills are two wills made by two people with the flexibility to make them similar to each other or completely different.
In England & Wales, a will must be witnessed by two independent people over the age of 18. Your witnesses don’t need to know what’s in your will.
Witnesses cannot be: