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Letter of wishes

A Letter of Wishes is a document that accompanies your Will. It is not legally binding but can guide your executors and trustees to ensure your personal wishes are carried out. This package creates two Letters of Wishes.

You must take care that a Letter of Wishes does not contain anything that could conflict with the Will. The Letter can advise on anything but most common uses include:

  • Who to notify of your death, or in some cases, who not to tell.
  • The style of funeral you want, whether you want burial or cremation, and any specific instructions regarding the service, where you would like to be buried or have your ashes sprinkled.
  • Listing your main assets, including bank accounts, life insurance policies, expensive items or jewellery and their location, which will help your executors in the administration of your estate. These items should also be included in your Will, as the Letter of Wishes is not legally binding.
  • Guiding your executors or trustees on how you would like any money managed, or trusts created in your Will to be run.
  • Advising guardians on how you would like your children to be raised, their religious upbringing, education, and where they live. These details should be reviewed as the children grow up.
  • Giving more detailed information to help your executors identify specific items you are giving away in your Will.
  • Providing explanations as to why you have excluded someone from the Will, if you think that it may be a controversial decision or challenged later.

A Letter of Wishes should be written in plain English, signed and dated, but not witnessed to avoid any claim that it has become a legal Will or codicil.

This document is suitable for people who live in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Self Service

Price: £10.00

Self Service & Expert Legal Review

Price: £35.00
  • Draft your document online by answering a series of simple questions
  • Online explanation and guidance notes
  • Telephone and email support
  • Secure online document transfer to our Wills Specialists for legal review
  • Notification when your document has been reviewed and is ready for printing

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Letter of wishes

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£10
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Create an online document
Guidance notes provided
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Self Service & Expert Legal Review*

£35
Buy now
Create an online document
Guidance notes provided
Save your document & finish it later
Expert Legal Review
Check for contradictions or duplications
Support from our legal team
Create an online document
Guidance notes provided
Save your document & finish it later
Expert Legal Review
Check for contradictions or duplications
Support from our legal team

Add these products to your will for complete peace of mind

Wills

A will ensures your estate and assets are correctly distributed

Letter of wishes

Optionally, state your funeral wishes, personal items and Guardians

Wills storage

After writing a will, it's vital that you store it in a safe place

Wills registration

Registering your will helps it to be found after your death

Wills search

Need to find a will? Use our wills search service to quickly locate it

* The legal review involves our wills specialists reviewing the answers you provided when completing your document questionnaire. It provides comfort that if you properly execute or sign your document it will comply with legal formalities and meet the requirements you specified.

Jargon buster

'Will'

The legal document witnessed by two witnesses in which you say what is to happen to your possessions on your death.

'Domicile'

The country you consider to be your permanent home for tax purposes, even if you actually reside elsewhere. It is distinct from nationality and place of residence.

View our full glossary of terms

Expert Legal Review explained

Our wills specialists will review the answers you provide, and support you through the whole process by phone or email.

This gives you the reassurance that once you sign your will, or another document, you know it will comply with all legal formalities and meet your wishes.

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