Will: half to wife, husband or partner and half to children
This free template creates a simple last will and testament, but contains numerous options so that it will be suitable in many circumstances. After legacies and bequests it divides your remaining estate in proportions you choose between your wife, husband or partner, and your children or other benefactors. The key feature of this will template is that you can set trust provisions in detail, giving you greater control of how the trustees should invest and manage your estate for any children. Also included with the template are extensive guidance notes, explaining clearly how to edit the template and how to sign the will correctly, and a short example letter of intent to your executors or trustees.
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- Plain English makes editing easy
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About this document
This will is most likely to be used by someone who wishes to leave the majority of an estate after specific gifts to a wife, husband or partner, and the rest to others such as children, friends or a charity.
We use our own trust provisions in this template (adapted from STEP provisions) to give you maximum flexibility and control of how any trust is managed. The Trust powers free the trustees from some of the bonds of the Trustee Act 2001 that are unsuitable for a trust managed within your family.
We include an alternative provision for gifts to children to be paid to a parent or guardian for safekeeping if you prefer not to create a trust.
Our guidance notes explain how to edit the document and provide extensive information about why we include each paragraph and the decisions you might need to make. Creating your own will is a straightforward process.
Once you have finished editing the document, you simply need to print, date and sign your will (witnessed by two other people) to make it legally binding. We explain exactly how to do this in the guidance notes. You don’t need to involve a solicitor.
So that you can be confident that your wishes will be carried out, users of this template qualify for two additional free services. A qualified will writer can check that your signed will is legally binding, and we can safely and securely store your will for you – protecting it from accidental damage (such as damp or fire) and keeping the decisions about how your estate will be distributed private until your death. We explain how to take up these services in the notes to the document.
This document is in Microsoft Word format, which is compatible with many other word processors including Mac Pages, LibreOffice and WordPerfect. We can provide it in other formats on request.
Who should use this template?
This is a very flexible will template. The inclusion of Net Lawman trust provisions make it ideal for anyone who wishes to leave some of their estate to children or grandchildren currently under 18.
Because the residual estate is split between two parties, it is also ideal for people who wish to leave some of their estate to their family and a proportion to other people (such as friends or non-blood relations) or a charity.
Most commonly, we envisage that this template would be used by someone who:
- is a parent, leaving most of their estate to a husband, wife or partner and the remainder (after specific gifts) to their children (including those from other relationships) or others.
However, it could also be used by someone who:
- is a widowed grandparent, leaving their estate to their adult children and to their grandchildren on trust;
- is a single parent, who wishes to leave most of their estate to children or other family members but also leave some to charity or to a friend.
This template is suitable for a man or for a woman - it isn't gender specific. We follow normal, modern legal convention of using the masculine form of a word regardless of the gender of the person.
Note that this will template does not contain provisions that seek to minimise inheritance tax. If this is important to you, you should look at the other Net Lawman last will and testament templates, a number of which cover basic IHT planning (largely as illustrated by HM Revenue and Customs).
If the value of your estate could exceed the nil rate band, then we suggest that you seek advice from a qualified tax specialist before signing your will. The NRB is currently £325,000. If you leave your home to a direct descendant, then it increases by £100,000 in 2017/18 and further by an additional £25,000 each year to 2020/21.
More information about writing a will yourself
The law on wills can seem complicated. We have prepared a number of short articles to explain the more difficult legal concepts. You may like to read some of our articles on making a will by yourself.
Why we provide this template for free
Our motivations for providing free will templates are both ethical and commercial. We have one of the largest ranges of will templates for download from the Internet, but only provide a small number for free.
A will is an important legal document, and we believe that everyone should make one. Because the law sets out how your estate will be divided if you don't have a will, without one, the people you care about are less likely to receive specific gifts (whether of financial or sentimental value) that you want to pass on to them.
The reason why most people don't write a will is the financial cost of doing so. We want to remove that barrier. Our free templates are most suitable for less complicated estates that are valued below the inheritance tax nil rate band (when no tax would be paid). One of the Net Lawman free will templates should be suitable, we estimate, for about 60% of the UK population.
Our commercial motivation is simply that once you have used a Net Lawman will, we hope that you will be more likely to return to us for legal documents for other aspects of your personal or business life. Providing a complete, commonly used, free template that is based on our more complex paid versions is a great way for our visitors to assess the quality of our documents.
When to write or rewrite your will
You can write a will at any time in your life. Most people consider a new will when their financial circumstances change, or when relationships change. The Law Society advise that you review you will every five years, and that you make a new will after a major life change such as having a child, marriage, separation or divorce. It is possible to change a will without making a new one, but a new one is usually the preferable option.
Document features and contents
- Revocation of all earlier wills
- Appointment of executors and trustees
- Legacies (gifts of money)
- Bequests (gifts of possessions)
- Instruction to executors to gather in assets and divide them between two parties (individuals or groups of individuals)
- Gift over provision if the beneficiary does not survive you by more than a given time
- Options for bequests to children without involving a trust
- Creation of a trust holding the residual value of the estate for children (using flexible trust provisions that you can change to suit how you want the trust to work)
- Payments to executor(s)
- Directions for valuation of estate
- Alternative wishes for burial / cremation / use of your body for advancement of science
- Appointment of guardians for children
- Signatures and witnesses
This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current English law.
What other customers thought
Average customer rating
By Matthew Durns 19 June 2017
The document was very easy to fill in and felt more professional than other will writing templates I've seen.
By Alexandra Beattie 18 June 2017
Great service. Easy to understand documents and queries responded to quickly.
By Chris Horton 11 April 2017
There are clear drafting and instructions. There was no fuss and it is hard to think of improvements
By Viorica Swift 07 April 2017
Uncomplicated style of writing so easy to understand and use. Layout is very good. Agreed with comments below that some form of guidance would be useful as an added checklist.
By David Unsworth 10 February 2017
I liked it. Friendly, simple, the colour coded text helped me figure out what I should prioritise, which was really helpful.
Just what I wanted.
To improve the service a "hints and tips" doc attached would've been great.
My biggest concern was: Is this a reliable credible document, legal in the UK?
I figured "what would a Judge say?" so I went ahead.
I would definitely recommend Net Lawman.
By Derek Watmough 15 August 2015
By Malcolm Mark 11 July 2015
It's exactly what it says it is and a good template to work from.
By Qasim Bashir 18 March 2015
Not only was the document comprehensive, it also indicated which conditions/clauses could and could not be deleted!
By Lorraine Davies 18 March 2015
It was exactly what I needed and without any solicitors costs! Well done! Excellent product.
There wasn't anything you could have improved for me.
By Michael Edwards 02 March 2015
the document that w downloaded and the document we purchased covered our requirements perfectly
By Prince Uzor 25 September 2014
By Michael Diamond 30 May 2014
A very useful document.
By George Thompson 13 May 2014
By Nicholas Rimmer 15 October 2013
I downloaded this in order to cross check with another template - I found it useful
By Beatrice Appiah 14 March 2017
Because it is quiet for me who is not very smart on IT
By Paul Jones 23 October 2015
Good Template, being picky, some additional examples would have been helpful.
By John Clifford Rycroft 17 July 2015
Format was fine but I have decided on a greater range of legacies.
By Judy Maspero 09 May 2015
Although it covers everything I would have liked a simpler document for my purposes.
By Andrew Palmer 11 April 2015
Very useful to compare with original will and easy to change / delete where required.
By Robert Doolittle 22 February 2015
The document (Will) is worded in plain language and the options given are fairly clear. However, a person without experience with legal terminology may find it a little difficult. My only other concern is that there is no resource to get an idea in which countries these documents would comply most with the local laws.
Net Lawman responds 11 March 2015
Every country will claim that only its own courts can decide on any matter of law. It is not possible to draw a will which is universally acceptable - or even acceptable in one other country. You need a separate will for each country in which you have property.
By John Collins 22 January 2015
I used this template as a start point to provide an insight to the level of detail and the nature of the language required. It was a very helpful start point.
By Susan Curran 28 October 2014
Admirable service. The document I downloaded was the nearest to my (mother's) requirements, but didn't quite meet them, and I founded it a bit over-formalized. (She has no wish to use a trust, for instance.) But many thanks for providing it.
Net Lawman responds 06 November 2014
As we have now explained to you at length, the use of a trust is not always optional. It appears "by operation of law" when there is a life tenancy or an interest for a child under 18 years. We include sensible trust provisions to avoid the statutory, very prescriptive conditions that would otherwise be imposed.
By Paul Taylor 10 August 2014
By A Wallace 15 November 2013
Useful paragraphs to help me tailor my own Will which I will now get reviewed so as to be very sure that I have not made any mistake. Fantastic to have such a resource made available, thank you!
By Joan Wardhaugh 05 September 2013
As I downloaded this document for a friend, and read through it, certainly looked very good.
By Ian Phillips 21 May 2013
By Sarah Elworthy 26 May 2015
The document may be good but it comes with the advice that 'Net Lawman is not a firm of solicitors and is not regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority' so I have not used it.
Beware of downloading as you then get inundated with unwanted emails hourly/daily thereafter.
Net Lawman responds 26 May 2015
Because our CEO is a solicitor, we have a legal obligation to make clear that Net Lawman as a business does not act as a firm of solicitors.
That we are not a firm of solicitors does not affect whether a will written using one of our templates is legally binding. Most wills in the UK are written by will writers not solicitors.
We send the following e-mail messages:
• one with the document attached;
• one to new customers providing a link to be able to download the template again should it be needed;
• one asking for feedback;
• one reminding you how to sign your will correctly (the part where most mistakes are made); and
• one asking you to recommend the template to other people.
After those messages, we send no more.
By Michael Hudson 10 August 2014
Drawn well but with limited information and scope.
Net Lawman responds 05 September 2014
The notes are extensive and we also refer you to our 15 short, pithy articles on aspects of a will.
By Roger charles john Stanforth 07 August 2014
Sorry it never downloaded on my computer
Net Lawman responds 05 September 2014
We think this may be an issue with your software. We have made suggestions and reminded you that we also sent it to the email address you gave us.
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