Do I need to make a will?

Why making a will is important

We all have final wishes and a will helps put our final affairs in order. Making a will gives you control over where your money and assets go after you die. It can also reduce the amount of tax paid by your estate.


If you can answer ‘yes' to any of the questions below, you should make a will:

  • Are you married?
  • Do you have children?
  • If not married - do you have a partner?
  • Do you own a house?
  • Do you own anything of value?
  • Do you own anything that, whilst not being worth a lot in money terms, has sentimental value?
  • Do you have company benefits/insurance policies?
  • Do you support a charity and want them to benefit when you die?

If you die without making a will, the government has laid down strict rules (the Intestacy Rules) which dictate how your estate must be distributed.

This could mean that those you hoped would benefit might receive nothing at all. In the worst case scenario, all your assets could go to the Government (HM Treasury).


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If you have any questions about making a will, would like to access our free wills service, or want to know more about leaving a gift in your will to Sue Ryder and how it will help us continue to deliver incredible care, please contact us.

Email: giftinwill@sueryder.org

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