Why every Christian should make a will...

For nearly 500 years the Church of England has encouraged people to make a Will. Everyone knows it’s a good idea, but for many of us it’s one of those things we never quite get around to doing, and there’s always a reason for putting it off.
 
To motivate Christians to make a Will in 2019 the Church of England have created a small and succinct A6 leaflet for parishes to use which will soon be available to collect from the church office, if you are interested in more information.  Here are some of the reasons why you really should make a will, sooner rather than later.

  • You choose what happens. If you do not make a will, the law will decide who receives all your assets in accordance with preordained rules. These unfortunately may not coincide with your own wishes.
  • You can take care of the children. If you have any children under the age of 18, you should appoint guardians to look after them in the event of both parents’ death. If you don’t name guardians for your children in your will, the courts will decide who will be given custody.
  • Your property is protected. If you and your partner are not married, he or she will not benefit from your estate unless you have specifically written it into a will.
  • You can reflect modern family life. Have you got married or divorced since you made a will? If so, your existing will may not be valid. Remarriages can also complicate matters of inheritance and provision for children.
  • To reduce your inheritance tax bill. Even with recent changes in inheritance tax law, there may be large tax savings to be made by proper planning through your will.
  • To include a charitable gift. Once you have made provision for your loved ones, you may wish to include a gift in your will to your local church. How might your gift help meet the needs of future generations?
  • For peace of mind. Once you’ve made a will, you’ll know that if the unthinkable were to happen, your estate would be in order for your family – a weight off you.
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