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If I asked you what “legacy” meant you would probably say a gift of money or a gift of a personal item left to you by someone who has died. That would be correct. Did you know that there are three different types of legacy?

General legacies are gifts of a set sum of money or a specific personal item i.e. “I give £1,000 to my nephew Joe Public.”

Specific legacies are normally gifts determined by the word “my” i.e. I give all of my jewellery to my daughter.”

Demonstrative legacies is a gift that is to be paid for out of a specific asset i.e. “I give £1,000 to my nephew Joe Public to be paid from my current account numbered AB123456 with WorldWide Bank.”

However there is a legacy greater than any of the above and that is the legacy of leaving an up to date, validly executed Will. Some individuals see the making of a Will as tempting fate however your family will not feel this way should anything happen to you. A carefully thought out and drafted Will shows your family that you care enough about them to have taken the time to consider what should happen to your estate on death even if you find it difficult to think about. Appointing guardians for your children is a gift to them – it shows that you have thought about who you consider will be the best substitute parents for them in the event of your death and have legally made sure that that should happen. Leaving cash to a trust for a disabled child shows that you have not only considered their future but tried to secure it for them.

Our wills are carefully tailored to your needs and our caring, professional Wills & Probate Team lawyers will not only listen to you but provide legal advice and assistance throughout the whole will drafting process to ensure that your will caters for your family, your children, your grandchildren and friends and other beneficiaries.

Please call a member of our Wills & Probate team, to discuss making a Will of your own. The greatest legacy of them all.

Harlow: 01279 439439
Epping: 01992 561111
Stortford: 01279 501550

By Janine Moore
Whiskers LLP
Head of Wills & Probate Harlow and Bishop’s Stortford

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