I wanted to write a Will as I know the difficulties that can occur when a person dies intestate (without a Will).

I wanted to make my wishes clear and to make things as simple and straightforward as possible for my family.

In fact, the process of writing a Will was really simple.

It helped that my husband and I had talked about our wishes before we went to meet with our Solicitor.

But, our Solicitor was able to talk us through the legal aspect of preparing a Will. There were a few points during that meeting that we hadn’t considered so I was glad we had taken expert advice

The whole thing took less than an hour.

For us ‘ A Good Will’ is one that reflects our wishes and ensures that our property and possessions will be left to the people that we want them to go to.

But for me ‘A Good Will’ is more than that, it’s a really unique opportunity to support your favourite charity by leaving a gift in your Will.

I have chosen to support Age NI, a charity very close to my heart.

Age NI has been a huge part of my working life and I get to see every day the amazing work that Age NI does for older people in Northern Ireland.

I hope that my gift will help secure the future and continue the kindness of this fantastic local charity.

Dying Intestate

When a person dies without leaving a valid Will, their property (the estate) must be shared out according to certain rules. These are called the rules of intestacy. A person who dies without leaving a Will is called an intestate person.

Only married or civil partners and some other close relatives can inherit under the rules of intestacy.

If someone makes a Will but it is not legally valid, the rules of intestacy decide how the estate will be shared out, not the wishes expressed in the Will.

For more information on who inherits if someone dies without a Will click here.