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Can parents of a benificiary be witnesses to a will.

(7 Posts)
sneezecakesmum Wed 23-Jan-13 10:38:13

Thinking of making a will and leaving everything to my 4 year old grandson with his parents as trustees. I want them to be witnesses too. I probably can't do this legally but would like to know if it is possible.

I wanted to make a simple home made will for a couple of months until I can get round to seeing a solicitor as I am very busy at the moment. I am a terrible procrastinator but feeling I need to get this done.

mumblechum1 Wed 23-Jan-13 11:28:37

It would be safer not to, OP. The reason for this is that although your child is not a direct beneficiary, if your grandson died they are his next of kin so likely to inherit, and so that gift would fail.

Most people use work colleagues or neighbours as witnesses.

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mumblechum1 Wed 23-Jan-13 12:43:49

Just realised you're appointing his parents as trustees. Any particular reason?

sneezecakesmum Wed 23-Jan-13 15:37:28

I want to leave 25% of my small estate to my son and the remainder to my grandson. My dd and SIL are people I feel I can trust most to use the money for my grandson who is disabled in his best interest. I didn't think they could be signatories and see what you mean with the gift failing under the inheritance laws. Either way I want my DD and SIL to be the trustees. I think I can do this?

I am in Yorkshire so not sure if you can do distance wills?

Either way it will be very simple.

DeepRedBetty Wed 23-Jan-13 15:41:03

sneezecakes mumblechum did my and my partner's will, all over the phone or by email. Great service - thanks mumble.

MOSagain Wed 23-Jan-13 16:06:00

I'd recommend Mumblechum as well, most wills are done by distance ie via email/phone nowadays, hardly anyone goes into an office and does it.

I'd recommend not having them as witnesses, might cause problems.

sneezecakesmum Wed 23-Jan-13 17:29:51

Many thanks I will go to the ads section and get the ball rolling smile

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