What Property Can You Leave By Will? - Contents

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Want to make a start on your will?

Making a will is simple

Making a Will is not about wealth it is about making sure that what you want to happen to your estate does happen. It gives you the opportunity to specify such things as who will administer your estate, who will care for your children and who will receive specific items of your property.


You may wish the recipient of your house to have the contents as well. You may think this simple enough but what does 'contents' mean in this context?

According to the decided cases the contents of a house include everything that a tenant would be entitled to remove from a house he rented. In one case the furniture stored in the detached garage was deemed not to be included in the gift of the house and contents.

Should you decide just to leave a piece of furniture to a friend, remember to specify whether the contents pass as well. For example, if you have a desk at home you can gift this with or without the contents. (search Google for http://scotland.

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As the contents will include any sums of money you have left in the desk drawer be careful as to what you specify and where you hide your nest egg.

When leaving legacies of heavy items it is important to state whether the recipient is to pay the costs of delivery or whether your estate is to do so. In the absence of directions, the recipient bears all the costs.


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Perhaps you might consider taking legal advice from a solicitor about making a will if any of the following apply to your circumstances:

 

  1. A number of people could make a claim on your estate when you pass away because they depend on yourself financially
  2. You want to include a trust in your will (perhaps to provide for children, to save tax, or simply protect your assets in some way after you become deceased)
  3. Your physical and permanent home is not in the UK and / or you are not a British citizen
  4. You live here in the UK but you have additional property abroad
  5. You own all or part of a UK business.
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see: Making a will - The Law Society. Please note that will making differs in Scotland and this website currently deals with English law.

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