Crafting a Comprehensive Guide to Making Single Wills

In the realm of legal matters, creating a single will is a vital step to ensure your wishes are respected and your assets are distributed according to your desires. At Trustmark Law, we understand the significance of this process. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the essential steps and considerations when making a single will.

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Understanding Single Wills

What is a Single Will?

A single will, also known as an individual will, is a legal document that outlines how a person’s assets, property, and belongings should be distributed upon their passing. It is a crucial instrument for individuals who wish to have full control over their estate after their demise.

The Importance of a Single Will

Having a single will in place offers several advantages:

  • Control: With a single will, you have the power to specify how your assets are distributed. This ensures your wishes are upheld.
  • Clarity: It eliminates ambiguity and reduces the likelihood of family disputes over your estate.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that your loved ones will be taken care of according to your wishes can provide significant peace of mind.

Crafting Your Single Will

1. Seek Professional Assistance

Creating a single will is a legally binding process, and it’s crucial to seek professional assistance. A solicitor experienced in will writing can help you navigate the legal complexities, ensuring your will is valid and accurate.

2. Determine Your Assets

Before drafting your single will, compile a detailed list of your assets, including:

  • Property: Provide details of any properties you own, including their locations and values.
  • Financial Assets: This includes bank accounts, investments, and pensions.
  • Personal Belongings: Items of sentimental or monetary value should be documented.

3. Appoint an Executor

In your single will, you’ll need to appoint an executor. This is the person responsible for administering your estate after your passing. Choose someone you trust and who is willing to take on this responsibility.

4. Specify Beneficiaries

Clearly state who will inherit your assets. Be specific in naming beneficiaries, and if you wish to exclude someone, ensure you provide a clear explanation.

5. Guardianship for Children

If you have children under the age of 18, you should specify a guardian in your single will. This ensures their well-being is secured should anything happen to you.

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The Legal Formalities

Signing and Witnessing

In the UK, for your single will to be legally valid, it must be signed by you (the testator) in the presence of two witnesses who are not beneficiaries or their spouses.

Updating Your Single Will

Life circumstances change, and it’s important to review and update your single will when:

  • You get married or divorced.
  • You have children or grandchildren.
  • You acquire or dispose of significant assets.

Safeguarding Your Single Will

It’s crucial to keep your single will in a secure place, and it’s advisable to inform a trusted individual, such as your executor or solicitor, of its location. This ensures that your will can be easily located and executed when the time comes.


Creating a single will is a responsible and compassionate step towards securing the future of your loved ones and ensuring your assets are distributed as per your wishes. At Trustmark Law, we are committed to helping you navigate this process with professionalism and expertise. If you’re ready to begin crafting your single will, don’t hesitate to contact us for guidance and assistance.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ve covered the essential steps and considerations involved in making a single will. From understanding the importance of a single will to the legal formalities and the importance of regular updates, we’ve provided you with a detailed roadmap to navigate this crucial aspect of estate planning. Remember, a well-drafted single will not only ensures your wishes are respected but also offers peace of mind to both you and your loved ones. If you’re ready to take this important step, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for expert guidance. Your legacy is important, and we are here to help you protect it.

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