2. Write your will

Your will should set out:

  • who you want to benefit from your will
  • who should look after any children under 18
  • who is going to sort out your estate and carry out your wishes after your death (your executor)
  • what happens if the people you want to benefit die before you

When you need legal advice

You can get advice from a professional if your will isn’t straightforward, eg:

  • you share a property with someone who isn’t your husband, wife or civil partner
  • you want to leave money or property to a dependant who can’t care for themselves
  • you have several family members who may make a claim on your will, eg a second spouse or children from another marriage
  • your permanent home is outside the UK
  • you have property overseas
  • you have a business

Keep your will safe

You can keep your will at your home or store it with:

Read full guidance on storing your will with the Probate Service

You should tell your executor (the person you’ve chosen to carry out your will), close friend or relative where your will is.