Making a will

Why making a will is so important

It is most important to make a will; failing to do so may mean that your money and possessions are not allocated as you would have wished.

Whilst a spouse, parents or child can automatically benefit as the Next of Kin (NOK), if an individual dies intestate (without a will), it is risky to assume a person will benefit from the estate just because they were living together, or in a relationship. If a Service person wishes a partner to benefit from their estate, they must specifically make provision for them in their will.

Wills may not be valid for evermore

You should review your will every 5 years and after any major change in your life, eg:

  • getting separated or divorced
  • getting married (this cancels any will you made before)
  • having a child
  • moving house
  • if the executor named in the will dies

Useful guides for making a will

GOV website

RAF Community Support


Citizen’s Advice

Royal British Legion (Free will writing service – funded by RBL)