A will is one of life's most important documents. Not only does it consolidate your final wishes, but it also provides you with peace of mind in ensuring that your loved ones are cared for.

Here you will find information about how important it is to write a will, as well as guidance on how easy it is to do so. Choosing a member of the Institute of Professional Willwriters to draft your will ensures it will be done to the highest standard, putting the interests of you and your loved ones first.

We've also provided additional information about other documents and services that you might want to consider when making a Will.

Why make a Will

NEW - The IPW Guide to Making a Will


The benefits in making a Will - explained The different ways of making a Will - explained How to choose someone to...

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Protecting your Assets

Protecting your home Most people who co-own their home with another person do so as Joint Owners. They both own the whole property. On the death of a Joint...

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Powers of Attorney

Most people acknowledge that it is important to organise their affairs in the event of their death, which is why so many people make a Will these days. However,...

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Advance Decisions

We are all aware of cases where the relatives of the sick have had to go to court in order to get the level of care they require for...

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Inheritance Tax

In October 2007, changes were made to the way that Inheritance Tax (IHT) is charged. The first point to make is that the IHT allowance was NOT increased. The...

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Did you know that if you sign over your house to your children during your lifetime:

1) A local authority can ignore the transaction, without limit of time, if they consider that...

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Why give to a Charity?

Many people give to charities during their lifetime, but the extent of their generosity is limited by their means, and other spending priorities. On the basis of the truism...

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Why Use an Institute member?

Why Use an IPW or ISPW Member to Write Your Will? The Institute of Professional Willwriters (IPW) and the Institute of Scottish Professional Willwriters (ISPW) have been founded with...

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How to make a complaint

In the vast majority of cases clients of our members receive excellent service.

Occasionally, they don’t get it right and if you are not happy with any aspect of their performance,...

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Review a member

If you have recently chosen a member of the Institute to draft your Wills and/or other legal documents - thank you.

The Institute and its members aim to provide the highest standards...

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