DIY will writers offered tips

Those drafting a DIY will without the help of a solicitor have been offered some advice from the Daily Telegraph's deputy money editor.

In an article for the newspaper, Emma Simon said beneficiaries should not be asked to help in drafting the document.

"Elderly people may ask grown-up children to help them write a will, but this could mean the will could be challenged by other potential beneficiaries," she explained.

When leaving instructions, it is important to make sure that they are clear and unambiguous, with people's names listed exactly as they appear on their birth certificates, Ms Simon added.

She said the will must be signed and witnessed by two people who are not beneficiaries, and the document should be stored in a safe place.

Afterwards, the will should be reviewed regularly, particularly following important changes such as the birth of children or grandchildren, a divorce or a death in the family.

According to a recent post on the Credit Loan blog, it is particular important for people in their 40s to review their wills, as this is typically a time when major changes will be taking place among both younger and older family members.

Posted by Christopher Evans

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Published on: August 19, 2010

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