You can write a will yourself, but it is best to have someone else look at it, such as a solicitor or someone at Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
For your will to be valid, you must be 18 years or over.
A will must be in writing, signed by the person whose will it is, and 2 witnesses must sign it while the will writer is there.
The will should not be signed by someone who is a beneficiary or spouse/civil partner of a beneficiary.
For a will to be valid, the person writing it must do so voluntarily, without hindrance or pressure.
The person must be aware of what s/he is doing.
Your will should include:
how much money and what property and possessions you have – this can include ….
Wolverhampton City Council with partners such as the Hospitals Trust runs an excellent accessible Bereavement Centre from the ground floor of the Civic Centre, next to the Registrar for Births, Deaths and Marriages.
The centre is open on weekdays from 09.00am-4.00pm
If you cannot afford to pay for the funeral of someone close to you, you may be able to get help from the Social Fund with a Funeral Payment.
You can only get the payment if you are on the right benefits, and it also depends on whether there is other money available for the funeral and your relationship to the person who died.
If your civil partner, partner or spouse has died, and had been paying National insurance contributions, you may be eligible for a Bereavement payment – this is a one-off untaxed payment of £2,000.
Inheritance Tax must be paid on assets and gifts, if the assets or gifts are valued at over £325,000.
The tax is payable at 40 per cent on the amount over this threshold.
You do not usually have to pay inheritance tax if you give things away to your spouse or civil partner (if you both live in the UK), charities, political parties, and some national institutions like National Portrait Gallery, universities etc.
The rules for claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Attendance Allowance (AA), PIP, and Employment and Support Allowance(ESA) are be different if you have a terminal illness.
The ‘Special Rules’ apply if you have a terminal illness and, according to your doctor, you are not expected to live for more than 6 months.
If the person with the Motability contract is terminally ill and wants to get out of the contract, there is a thing called a settlement agreement – you have to have paid 50% of the total payment, then you request in writing for the agreement to be terminated. Motability gets the car back.
Compton Hospice provides care and services for people with cancer and other terminal illnesses and their families. Free services include respite and in-patient care, social workers, physiotherapy, day care, home care nursing, and bereavement support. To access the...
Omega Care for Life is an end of life charity based in Shrewsbury. They provide bereavement support and work with carers looking after people suffering from long-term or life-limiting conditions. Omega delivers facilitated group sessions and encourages self-help and...