The first step in making a new Will is to decide who will do this for you. The Scottish Wildlife Trust cannot recommend a particular solicitor or Will writer but the following links may be helpful in choosing the right one for you.
Using a solicitor: Find a solicitor in your local area through the Law Society of Scotland.
Using a Will writer: Professional Will writers are another option, but they are currently less regulated than solicitors. It is important to check that they belong to a professional body and follow a code of conduct. The Institute of Professional Will writers are just one of the bodies that might be able to help.
Using a bank: Many high street banks now offer a Will writing service for their customers. Please contact your local branch for further information.
Use the Free Wills Network: You can find a solicitor local to you who will provide a Will free of charge. Contact [TBC] for more information.
It is important to review your Will regularly to ensure it reflects your current wishes. Generally you should review your Will every five years or every time a ‘life-event’ happens.
For example when:
Updating your Will is a simple task and small changes or additions can be made easily using a Codicil or Letter of Wishes. This is an instruction that is added to your existing Will but we recommend you seek professional help to make any changes and ensure it is legally binding.
Once you’ve chosen who will draw up your new Will, you may be able to save time and money by considering a few things before making a start. These include:
If you would like to include a gift in your Will to the Scottish Wildlife Trust, the information you require is:
Scottish Wildlife Trust
110 Commercial Street
Charity Number: SC005792
For more information on any aspect of writing or updating your Will, you can contact Zoe on 0131 312 4772 or email firstname.lastname@example.org