At what age should I write a will?

17 May 2023
Louise Holmes, Associate Director

At what age should I write a Will?

While the age at which you should write a Will can vary depending on your personal circumstances, it is generally recommended for adults to consider creating a Will as soon as they have assets or dependents they want to protect and provide for after their passing.

Here are a few factors to consider:

  1. Legal Age: In the UK, the legal age is 18 years old. Once you reach this age, you are considered an adult and have the legal capacity to create a Will.
  2. Accumulation of Assets: If you have acquired assets such as property, investments, savings, or valuable possessions, it is a good time to consider writing a Will to ensure that they are distributed according to your wishes.
  3. Dependents: If you have dependents, such as children or individuals who rely on you financially, it becomes essential to create a Will to outline guardianship arrangements and provide for their needs in the event of your passing.
  4. Life Changes: Major life events like marriage, divorce, or the birth of a child often prompt individuals to review or create a Will to reflect their changing circumstances.

While it is advisable to write a Will sooner rather than later, it is never too late to create one. It’s important to keep your will up to date and revise it as needed to reflect any changes in your assets, relationships, or wishes. Consulting a legal professional such as ourselves is recommended to ensure your Will is legally valid.

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Please note: This is not legal advice; it is intended to provide information of general interest about current legal issues.

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