5. The Will Wasn’t Correctly Witnessed
When thinking of a witness for a will, you may think your partner or your child are good enough. This assumption couldn’t be more wrong. A valid will requires two external witnesses to be physically present and they must meet specific criteria.
The criteria of the two witnesses signing a will in England and Wales are:
- Both must be UK citizens, aged 18 and over
- Neither can be named as beneficiaries in the will or married to a beneficiary
Asking a beneficiary to be a witness will result in them potentially being excluded from the will. This exclusion is due to the chance that the recipient has manipulated the person writing the will. So, if you are writing a will, make sure you select witnesses who have nothing to gain from the will to protect them.
4. Your Will is Out of Date
Did you know that a significant life event can alter or void your will?
Many people don’t realise this, and their loved ones end up paying the price. Examples of events that impact your will are:
- The birth of a child or grandchild
- A marriage or divorce
- The passing away of a loved one
- Buying a new house
Our solicitors advise you update your will at least every 5 years so it remains valid and includes everyone.