It is important to write a will as this lets people know your wishes after your death. In your will you will name your executor or executors (the people you want to sort out your estate after your death) and give instructions about what you want to happen to your money or property after your death. You may also include information about how you want your funeral to be arranged.
You can write a will yourself, but it is safest to use a solicitor to check that everything you have said is clear, and that the will has been prepared as it should be, and signed and witnessed properly.
If you do not leave a will, or you leave a will which does not count legally as it has not been prepared properly, there are Scottish laws which will decide who will inherit your money and property regardless of what you had planned. Information about the rules of intestacy (where someone has died without a valid will) is available on the Scottish Government website.
You can change your will at any time, for any reason and it is a good idea to review and update it if your family changes, particularly if you get divorced, get married, enter into a civil partnership, end a civil partnership or have children.
For more information call the Age Scotland helpline on 0800 12 44 222 or see the Age Scotland factsheet Making your Will.