You must appoint Executors to deal with your estate in the event of your death and property must be held in trust e.g. while a beneficiary is a minor.
You can provide for specific funeral arrangements, which is particularly important for some clients. Some people ask for their body to be donated to medical research, especially those who have suffered from prolonged illnesses and want to help reduce other people’s suffering by helping to find new treatments in this way.
You can safeguard your children’s interests if they are a minor (under 18 years old) by appointing legal guardians to care for them if both parents have died e.g. in a car accident.
Personal items such as jewellery, paintings and heirlooms can be passed on in the Will and by reference to an informal letter of wishes.
If you want to, you can help charities by leaving a legacy or share of your estate to them, free of Inheritance Tax. Charities receive approximately £1.65bn per year from money left in Wills and it is an important source of funding for them.