Why make a will?

A will is a legal document that sets out how you want the things you own to be distributed when you die. Wills aren’t just for people who own property or have lots of money.

Making a will is a positive step you can take to:

  • provide for the people you care about

  • leave particular items to certain people

  • appoint a person you trust to carry out the instructions in your will (your executor)

  • leave any other instructions you may have (for example, about your funeral arrangements), or

  • make a gift to charity if you wish.