Top 10 tips before making your will – No 1. Who will be the executors?

12th March 2015

A carefully drafted will can address all your concerns and put your mind to rest about what will happen after you die. Before making your will, you may have many questions about what it can include and how your loved ones are to be provided for. You may have been married before and have children from different relationships to provide for, you may want to appoint guardians for your children, plan your funeral arrangements or even decide what will happen to your pets.

In this series of guides, Shelly Wainwright, wills and probate lawyer at Ansons Solicitors in Lichfield and Cannock, Staffordshire, gives her top 10 tips for making a will.

1. Who will be the executors?

The executors are people that your name to act on your behalf to carry out your wishes in your will. They will be responsible for applying for probate, distributing your assets and accounting for the estate.

You can have up to four executors, but we usually recommend that you have two. The people you name as executors can also be beneficiaries for your will.

For further advice on what to include in your will, contact Shelly Wainwright in the wills and probate team on 01543 267 981 or email Ansons Solicitors has offices in Cannock and Lichfield, Staffordshire.