Making a Will
Produced in partnership with Keith Bruce-Smith and Katie Walsh of Sinclair Gibson LLP
Making a Will

The following Wills & Probate guidance note Produced in partnership with Keith Bruce-Smith and Katie Walsh of Sinclair Gibson LLP provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Making a Will
  • Who can make a Will?
  • Formal validity
  • Taking instructions
  • Execution
  • Rectification
  • Review
  • Revocation
  • How can a Will be challenged?

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): The formal requirement for a valid Will to be witnessed in the presence of two witnesses is to be relaxed (with retrospective effect) to include both physical and virtual presence, to allow Wills to be validly witnessed by way of video conference. For the latest guidance on this temporary change, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—Wills.

When someone dies, it must be established whether they made a Will and whether that Will is valid. If the deceased did not leave a valid Will, they are intestate and the estate will be administered in accordance with the intestacy provisions found in Part IV of the Administration of Estates Act 1925 (AEA 1925).

Dying intestate can