Will With Various Specific And Pecuniary Legacies And Residue To Charity, One Lay Executor And One Professional

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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.


  1. I hereby revoke all former wills made by me
  2. I appoint my friend and the partners at the date of my death in the firm of DEF solicitors of or the firm which at the date of my death has succeeded to and carries on its practice to be my executors and trustees) and I direct that only one such partner shall initially prove my will and act in the trusts hereof
  3. I give the following specific legacies free of tax and costs of delivery
    (a) my diamond and sapphire necklace to my niece of
    (b) my emerald brooch to my sister of
    (c) my string of pearls to my niece of
    (d) my Wedgwood vase to my friend of
  4. =I give the following pecuniary legacies free of tax
    (a) �5000 to my said niece of
    (b) �1000 to my nephew o
  5. I give all the remainder of my estate both real and personal wheresoever's and whatsoever to my trustees to collect in and to hold upon trust
    (a) to pay my debts funeral and testamentary expenses and the legacies set out in clause 4 hereof (b) to pay my residuary estate to the ABC charity of registered charity no and I direct that the receipt of the treasurer or other duly authorised officer thereof shall be a good discharge to my trustees
  6. I direct that in the event of the said ABC having ceased to exist at the time of my death or having changed its name or amalgamated with some other organisation my trustees shall pay my residuary estate to such organisation as they in their absolute discretion consider most nearly represents the aims of the said ABC charity which I intended to benefit
  7. I wish my burial to be a grand affair with a horse drawn hearse and a piper to play a lament as my coffin is lowered IN WITNESS etc.
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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.

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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