How making a Will now can help your family – Tilly Bailey & Irvine

A hearse carrying a coffin. Picture by PA
A hearse carrying a coffin. Picture by PA

The death of somebody close is something mightily difficult to deal with. I have two important pieces of advice to help in the aftermath of your departure, however.

Yes, talking about the subject prematurely is not a nice thing to ponder, but it is a quick process that, in the long run, you are thanked for by those closest to you.

Firstly, think of your funeral arrangements.

It will be difficult for your family if they do not know your wishes. Let them know whether you wish to be buried or cremated, whether you would like to have a memorial plaque or headstone, which undertaker you would prefer and any other particular wish you have about your funeral arrangements. Consider making a funeral plan to take the decisions about the arrangements away from your family completely.

Once notified, your undertaker will take over and make the funeral arrangements for you in consultation with your family, thereby removing a lot of work and stress from your family at this difficult time.

A funeral plan may be particularly important if you have unusual and specific wishes, or perhaps if you have no close family members to make arrangements for you.

Secondly, make a Will. Your will appoints executors whose job it would be to organise your funeral and to carry out the administration of your estate.

You will need to set out clearly how your assets are to be dealt with and divided between your beneficiaries. A will is essential if you want to benefit grandchildren or stepchildren, your partner if you are not married, family members who have special needs to be catered for or if you wish to benefit charities.

Contact us on 01429 350062 or visit our solicitors in Hartlepool, Wynyard, Stockton or Barnard Castle for the best support, and start 2019 feeling more secure!