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How does a letter of wishes help when making a Will?

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How does a letter of wishes help when making a Will?

How does a letter of wishes help when making a Will?

How does a letter of wishes help when making a Will?

When you make a Will you may think that you need to include everything all in the one document however that might not be the best course of action for you.

A letter of wishes helps to supplement the Last Will and Testament with further instructions, literally a letter of your wishes that aren’t legally binding.

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What is a letter of wishes?

A letter of wishes is simply a document that is kept with the Will that can be used to give people more of an insight into your thinking.

You could use this type of addition to tell people what you would like played at your funeral, whether you would like to be buried or cremated, or even who you would like to look after your pets.

A letter of wishes really is a very versatile document that can be used as a method of supplementing the original document for pretty much any purpose short of altering the terms of the actual Will itself.

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When is a Letter of wishes a good idea?

A letter can be used as a way of organising the distribution of personal items so that they go to the people you want to have them.

For example, the Will could include a clause that would say jewellery should be distributed according to the contents of any letter found with your Will. Then you could include a letter of wishes that would set out who should have what.

The benefit of doing this is that you can change your letter of wishes with little fuss as you add or dispose of items or when you wish to change who gets what.

A letter of wishes is also good for when you want to let people know what your thinking was behind particular bequests.

Maybe you decided to leave an expensive camera to a grandchild who showed an aptitude for photography or your fishing kit to your friend who always accompanied you to the river bank.

Putting all of these types of notes in a Will would make it a very lengthy document and would necessitate a new Will whenever you chose to change your mind.

It’s also important to remember that a Will is a publicly available document and there may be some things that you would want to keep private and whilst the Will is published the Letter of Wishes is not.

This method can also be used to give further insight into your thinking for trustees of a trust which will provide some guidance when meeting eventualities that are not currently occurring.

Need to write a Will? Write your’s on the Smart Will App in 10 minutes for just £19 or £29 for couples.

How do you make a letter of wishes?

Drafting your letter of wishes is a really easy and relatively informal process.

Simply write your letter, we’d suggest using a word processor so that everything is clear, and then print it out on to good quality paper.

Then sign and date your letter (it does not need to be witnessed). We’d also suggest that if you have written any other letters of wishes that you make it clear that the new version replaces all of the old ones.

Then it is a matter of storing it with your Will. We’d caution you not to actually fix it to your original will because attachment marks such as staple holes can lead people to question whether there are some other pages of your Will missing.

Finally, let your executor know that you have written a letter of wishes so that they will know to look for it when the time comes.

Remember though that your Letter of Wishes is not a legally binding document so if your executor decides not to follow your requests then there is nothing that can be done.

As part of the SmartWill service, we will store your Will free of charge for life and this can include any letter of wishes that you may wish to make.

Need to write a Will? Write your’s on the Smart Will App in 10 minutes for just £19 or £29 for couples.

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