What type of Will is appropriate?


The following table gives an indication as to which Will is appropriate for each case.

Standard Single Will
  • You are single or divorced or widowed and
  • have no concerns regarding your beneficiaries and how they will use their inheritance or how their inheritance will impact on their estate, assessment for benefits or long term care, etc.
Standard Double Will
  • You have a partner, spouse or Civil Partner and
  • are not concerned about your children and/or step-children or other beneficiaries not inheriting their rightful inheritance should your partner or spouse [re-]marry or enter care, say, after you’ve gone.
Double Will incorporating trust(s)
  • You have a partner, spouse or Civil Partner and
  • are concerned about your children and/or step-children or other beneficiaries not inheriting their rightful inheritance should your partner or spouse [re-]marry or enter care, say, after you’ve gone.

Note that a double Will is not appropriate for two people who happen to just live in the same property (e.g. friends or siblings); two single Wills should be used in this case.