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Should a single person make a Will?

Text Question (but time ran out on the programme for a live on air answer): I have no idea of all the kinds of things that should be included in my Will. I am not married but have a house and a car. I am 33. Should I make a Will now? Would things like expensive jewellery go into it? Navan Listener

Thank you Navan Listener.  My advice to anyone with assets is that they should always make a Will because if they don’t make a Will they will lose control of who you decide will get your estate when you die - as the Rules of Intestacy will apply.  Yes you should make your Will now and you should think as to who should get your house and your car if the unthinkable happens.  Regarding expensive jewellery, you can either chose to give specific items to family and friends whom you should name in the Will or put in a residue clause which would involve the jewellery being sold and the proceeds being added to the Estate.  The Will you are contemplating should be simple and you should see a Solicitor who will draw it up quickly and inexpensively.

 

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