A Joint Will is a single document that attempts to describe the estate planning needs of two separate individuals, usually a husband and wife. Joint Wills were very popular before the age of computers and printers because they saved the time and effort involved in writing two similar Wills. They were also used back in the day when a wife was thought to share her husband's assets, but not really have assets of her own. Essentially joint Wills are now rarely used because they offer no advantage over preparing two separate Wills. But they present a number of problems. Many joint Wills have led to legal disputes when the surviving partner moves on in their life and may be bound by terms in the original Will that no longer make sense. It is rare today for any legal professional to prepare a joint Will. It is certainly not supported at LegalWills.co.uk.
The recommended approach is that each person prepares their own Will. Even if assets are jointly held, each partner can add their own bequests into their Will, for example, a specific charitable bequest, or a particular family heirloom going to an individual. The two Wills may include the same appointments, and even the same distribution plan. For example, "everything to my spouse, my if something happens to both of us, everything to be divided between my children". The two Wills would include similar instructions, but be two separate documents. These are called Mirror Wills. And this is completely supported through the service at LegalWills.co.uk.
You do not need to pay the full amount twice. After your first order you will receive a discount code that can be applied for 40 percent off the second purchase.
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