Isis Wills

Providing for loved ones

Isis Wills - Step by Step


A will may not include a requirement that an heir commit an illegal, immoral, or other act against public policy as a condition of receipt. In community property jurisdictions, a will cannot be used to disinherit a surviving spouse, who is entitled to at least a portion of the testator's estate. In England, a will may disinherit a spouse, but close relations, including spouses, excluded from a will may apply to the court for provision to be made for them at the court's discretion. For more information visit Adviceguide from Citizens Advice.

Large numbers of people pass away in the UK each year without having made a will. When that happens, the law dictates what happens to their estate, regardless of whether or not that is what they would have wanted. Others forget to update their wills or never get round to it, so what they might have wanted twenty years ago has changed. To avoid being in this situation, make sure you write a will and keep it up to date by using someone like Ashton Grace will writing services if you live in London, to give yourself peace of mind that your loved ones will be looked after when you pass away.

If you believe that you have been treated unfairly in a will, you might want to speak to a solicitor with a view to contesting that will. You need to move fast thought, as you only have six months in which to do it. Reasons for contesting a will include the validity of the will, the will failing to make adequate provisions for dependents, and the will giving away property not owned by the deceased.

If you are thinking about writing a will then maybe you might want to think about planning your funeral at the same time, so that you can choose how your funeral will be, and save your loved ones having to worry about your wishes and the costs when you pass away. WA Truelove Dorking are just one of the funeral directors in Surrey offering pre-paid funeral plans. By having your will and your funeral sorted, your loved ones will find that little bit easier to cope when you do pass away.

Leadbetter & Murphy is a funeral director in Liverpool that also offers pre-paid funeral plans. For more advice on funeral plans, visit their website or give them a call to discuss the options.

Types of wills generally include:

  • Nuncupative (non-culpatory) will - oral or dictated; often limited to sailors or military personnel
  • holographic will - written in the hand of the testator; in many jurisdictions, the signature and the material terms of the holographic will must be in the handwriting of the testator.
  • self-proved will - in solemn form with affidavits of subscribing witnesses to avoid probate
  • notarial will - will in public form and prepared by a civil-law notary (civil-law jurisdictions and Louisiana, United States)
  • mystic will - sealed until death
  • serviceman's will - will of person in active-duty military service and usually lacking certain formalities, particularly under English law. For more information visit The National Servicemen's Association and the National Ex-Services Association.
  • reciprocal/mirror/mutual/husband and wife wills - wills made by two or more parties (typically spouses) that make similar or identical provisions in favor of each other
  • unsolemn will - will in which the executor is unnamed
  • will in solemn form - signed by testator and witnesses