People of Sheffield encouraged to make a will

Published by Sarah Ashcroft

The people of Sheffield are being given a useful reminder of the importance of making a will at the moment, thanks to a campaign that is taking place in the city.

A total of ten law firms from the South Yorkshire city have come together to back St Luke's Will Month, which encourages people to think about what they want to happen to their estate in the event of their death, reports the Star.

In addition to giving local people a chance to think about their own circumstances and potentially draw up a will, the scheme is designed to support St Luke's, the only hospice in Sheffield. Writing a will does not have to cost a large sum and in many cases can be done relatively simply.

The advice on offer to residents in Sheffield right now could resonate with people all over the UK. After all, nobody wants there to be no plans in place for their home, money and other assets should they sadly pass away.

As well as being able to decide what happens to property and possessions after death, making a will allows people to avoid paying more inheritance tax than they would otherwise have to. For straightforward wills you can draw up the document without any expert guidance, but you may wish to seek the services of a legal representative who can make sure the instruction will be understood as intended.

Upon writing a will, individuals should pick an executor - a person who will look after the will after their death - and tell them where it is kept. It is vital that the will is kept safe, so choosing a good place to store it - such as with other important documents or with a solicitor - is a wise move.

Those in Sheffield may have been given a head start when it comes to realising the importance of a will, but that is not to say anyone should miss out on this crucial step.ADNFCR-1645-ID-801552650-ADNFCR

Published on: March 7, 2013

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