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How Do I Make A Will and What Are The Legal Requirements UK?

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

Making a Will is an important legal process that ensures your assets and belongings are distributed according to your wishes after your death. Here are the general steps to make a Will and the legal requirements in the UK:

  • Decide what you want to include in your Will: Before making a Will, you should decide what assets you want to leave to whom, such as property, money, and possessions.

  • Choose an executor: You should appoint an executor, who Will carry out your wishes according to your Will after you die.

  • Choose your beneficiaries: You should choose the people or organisations that you want to leave your assets to.

Legal requirements for a will in the UK include:

  • You must be 18 or over.

  • You must be of sound mind when making the Will.

  • The Will must be in writing.

  • The Will must be signed and dated by you in the presence of two independent witnesses.

  • The witnesses must also sign and date the Will in your presence.

It is recommended to review your Will regularly and update it if necessary, particularly if there are changes in your circumstances, such as marriage, divorce, or the birth of a child. If you marry your Will becomes void and a new Will needs to be made (even if the terms are the same).

If you need help making or updating your Will, it is recommended to seek professional legal advice. Contact RJM Solicitors today to schedule a consultation and ensure that your Will is valid and legally binding.

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Disclaimer: The information on the RJM Solicitors website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact



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