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Do you have questions about writing or updating your Will? Ask Cancer Research UK’s representatives - £200 voucher to be won

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CeriGransnet (GNHQ) Thu 09-Sep-21 17:32:31

This Q&A is now closed for questions

Many of us have already written a Will, but it’s important to regularly review it as a change to your family structure, a house move or a decision to pledge a legacy gift to charity all might mean your Will needs to be updated. With this in mind, Cancer Research UK Legacy Management Officer Chloe Fairbrother, and WBW Solicitors Partner, Catherine Causey, are here to answer your questions on writing or updating your Will.

Here is some more information on CRUK’s representatives:

Chloe Fairbrother
As a Legacy Management Officer at Cancer Research UK, Chloe is responsible for ensuring that our supporters' generous legacy gifts are received in accordance with the wishes in their Will. She supports executors to administer an estate, ensuring gifts in Wills go on to fund a third of Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research.

Catherine Causey
Catherine Causey qualified as a Solicitor in 2005, and specialises in all aspects of private client work. She is now a Partner and head of the private client department at WBW Solicitors – one of Cancer Research UK’s trusted legal partners offering advice via the Free Will Service.

Here’s what Cancer Research UK has to say: “Our Free Will Service allows anyone 18+ to easily write or update a simple Will for free. We partner with best-in-class Will-writing providers, so you can make sure your final wishes and your loved ones are well looked after. Many supporters have chosen to pledge a gift in their Will when using our Free Will Service, because they are passionate about supporting the causes that matter to them.

We want to hear from Gransnetters via this thread, if you are considering writing or updating your will and want more information on leaving a gift in your Will. Our representatives from the Free Will Service are here to answer any questions.”

So do you have questions about writing or changing your Will? Perhaps you’re unsure how to go about updating it now your circumstances have changed? Have you decided you’d like to include a legacy gift to charity in your Will but you’d like some more information on how it works?

Whatever your questions around writing and updating your Will, post them on this thread and Catherine and Chloe will be back with the answers later this month.

Cancer Research UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (1089464), Scotland (SC041666), the Isle of Man (1103) and Jersey (247).

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jochrisbryan Fri 17-Sep-21 03:44:03

My husband and I own our house both in its entirety, meaning if I die he automatically owns it all and vice versa. Can we make any safer provisions especially if one of us goes into care to safeguard the house for the other partner if necessary?

cathryn1 Fri 17-Sep-21 05:51:39

Where do you keep your will?

Yolostela Fri 17-Sep-21 09:07:56

Our children were young when we wrote our will. Now 34 & 32 with a grandaughter in the frame, is it worth updating?

shaddai88 Fri 17-Sep-21 12:02:36

How do one go about setting up a trust fund for their children to benefit from the estate. Do one need to appoint a guardian as the children are very young and the partner is not not reliable and well.

BravaJoseph Fri 17-Sep-21 13:06:28

Is the Will' of a Dementia Patient valid ?

newgolddream71 Fri 17-Sep-21 15:17:00

Why are wills allowed to be contested ?

Manx33S Fri 17-Sep-21 16:09:32

When I update my will I will go to a Solicitors who does it for free but put the cost it would have been to a cancer charity or whatever. I would also leave a note for somebody to pass somes mines to a charity rather than stipulating it in a will.

Julie1977 Fri 17-Sep-21 19:30:22

I have an old will but would like to update it. I don't want to use the same solicitor as last time but would the new solicitor inform the old one to destroy first will or is that up to me to inform them?

ElderlyPerson Fri 17-Sep-21 21:41:40

Do people ever, as such, update a will, or is what is referred to as updating a will in fact discarding the old will and replacing it with a brand new will, notwithstanding that some of the text might be a direct copy of what was in the original will?

ElderlyPerson Fri 17-Sep-21 21:52:48

How does one arrange things in relation to a pet? Legal processing of a will can be slow yet a pet needs looking after promptly, quite possibly with funding.

hopezibah Fri 17-Sep-21 22:13:05

We did a will quite a few years ago with a solicitor and it was horrible thinking through different scenarios regarding our children and their children (who they have not yet had - but imagining scenarios where a child passes away before a grandchild for example). Is it really necessary to go into that level of depth as it was really rather awful and emotionally upsetting to be thinking about it. Or is there a simpler way of trying to express a fair sharing out without having to think through all these horrible scenarios. It has really put me off revisiting the will to even check if it needs updating.

hopezibah Fri 17-Sep-21 22:16:34

Another question is whether it is ever worth contesting a will e.g. when siblings had been promised equal shares but then upon reading the will it turns out that 2 siblings have been left everything and the other 2 nothing because the two who everything was left to were living close by and in a position to influence the person at the end of their life.

corbin1 Fri 17-Sep-21 22:25:48

can my family request who is in my will?

Direne3 Sat 18-Sep-21 11:15:23

Both the persons who witnessed my will have since died, do I need to write a new one?

kingtwixy Sat 18-Sep-21 11:56:57

Do I even need to have a will or will everything automatically go to my only child?

ElderlyPerson Sat 18-Sep-21 12:39:46

Is there a way for an executor to take any action before probate is granted by the High Court and thus before a court order document is available to show the authority of the executor to act? For example if a water pipe bursts in the house, or if a dog needs looking after, or if children need looking after or medical treatment, or making a claim on house insurance if something like storm damage happens, or finding out about the house insurance and renewing it. necessary.

ElderlyPerson Sat 18-Sep-21 12:42:51

That should be

..., or finding out about the house insurance and renewing it when necessary.

sylwright Tue 21-Sep-21 09:24:34

Me and husband don't have wills. Am I wrong in thinking that if one of us dies, the other inherits everything and when both of us die our house will automatically be shared between our two adult children?

Seakay Tue 21-Sep-21 19:47:28

I don't now how detailed or not to be. Does everything have to be itemised? Should I leave bequests as a % and leave it to the executor to sell everything and send £s? Should I leave everything (unitemised) to one person? I get so stressed I haven't made a will,m but know that this is irresponsible and makes more work for someone else too.

Stef1972 Wed 22-Sep-21 12:17:29

How can you ensure your wishes are met in your will?

Susiewusie100 Thu 23-Sep-21 11:49:33

If i dont have a will wouldnt my husband automatically get everything anyway?

Lettie44 Thu 23-Sep-21 14:17:03

Is the family home included in the threshold for inheritance tax ?

GeminiJen Thu 23-Sep-21 15:17:41

I have a Will and my daughter has power of attorney. When we did this, I encouraged her to make a Will too but she said 'Plenty of time for that'. However, she's a single parent with young children. There's no contact with the father. I'm concerned about what would happen to them if she were to die. As things stand, I assume that grandparents wouldn't have a say?

MamaCaz Mon 27-Sep-21 10:17:14

What happens if a will says that everything is to be divided equally between, let's say, two adult children, but one of those children has died before the parent but no new will has been written to address this?
Would the children of that adult child get the money instead, or would it all go to the one adult child who is still alive?

FannyCornforth Mon 27-Sep-21 17:03:51

My question: When will the experts be answering the questions?

It is nearly the end of the month.
Following the poor handling of the Spire Health Care ‘sponsored discussion’ I was told by HQ that things would be done differently.