Writing your Will

Finding the right words

For nearly 500 years the Church of England has encouraged people to make a Will.

Making a Will and updating it regularly is the only way to make sure your wishes are carried out after your death, giving you peace of mind that you can continue to support the family, friends and causes you love.

Without a Will, your loved ones could face a lot of trouble, work and expense after your death.

Without a Will, a court could decide how to distribute your goods and who should look after your children or dependents.


GuitarsGod's Stewards

If we do genuinely see ourselves as God’s stewards, entrusted to use His gifts to us for the good of our family and our Church family.

In thanksgiving, we should also take Will writing seriously – setting God’s affairs in order and stewarding them wisely to the end of our time on earth and beyond.


SolicitorSeeking Professional Advice

We strongly advise you to seek professional advice and to see a solicitor when making or revising your Will.

A standard Will costs around £100 + VAT and the Solicitor should outline the cost up front before you visit them.

The Church of England offers a helpful document, 'Preparing to visit your Solicitor'.


Providing for your familyAfter you've made your Will

Keep it somewhere safe! Make sure your executors know where it is.

We recommend that you review your Will every 5 years and whenever your circumstances change.

This could be the birth of a new grandchild, family divorce, the death of a beneficiary or a change in your financial situation.


More than four candlesFuneral Arrangements

You might like to make a separate note of any additional instructions for your executors, family or friends.

For example, you may wish to describe your preferred funeral arrangements e.g. your favourite hymns, whether you would like flowers or donations to charity etc.


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