When creating your will with Farewill, you can leave personal messages alongside gifts of specific items or money. You can explain what you’re leaving, why you’re leaving it and what you want the recipient to do with it; often messages are just as important as the gifts themselves.
But, sometimes, it's the bigger picture that's important for others to understand. Particularly if you've had to balance responsibilities you might have, or obligations you feel you should fulfil, to different people.
By making a will you're taking the most important step to ensuring your wishes are followed.
However, if you think anyone might be disappointed by your choices, another important step is to write a letter to keep with your will. It should say, in your own words, why you think this will is the best thing to do by the people and/or causes important to you.
While disagreements and disappointments over wills are not the norm, they do happen. Your voice can help settle any disagreements or disappointments if they arise.
Unfortunately, there isn't a way to entirely prevent disputes over your will. But a letter, in your words, is your chance to have your say and offer guidance from beyond the grave.
If you want to write a letter to keep with your will:
1. It’s up to you whether you hand write or type it.
2. It's usually best to address it to your executors, as they'll be the people responsible for carrying out your wishes.
3. It should sound like you, so it's important that the letter is in your words.
4. Finally, it should be signed and dated by you. Do not get this signature witnessed, otherwise it might get confused for your actual, witnessed, will.