Checklist - My Possessions
Putting your affairs in order is vital to help those who are left behind when you die.
A will is a witnessed document that sets out in writing the deceased's wishes for his or her possessions, (called his or her 'estate'), after death.
Reasons for making a will
It is important for you to make a will because if you do not, and die without a will, the law on intestacy decides what happens to your property. A will can ensure that proper arrangements are made for your dependants and that your property is distributed in the way you wish after you die, subject to certain rights of spouses/civil partners and children.
Checklist of where your possessions are kept:
It is also advisable to complete and keep updated a list of your assets. You can use a form such as that produced by the Citizens Information Board, which we have made available to download below.
It will make it easier to identify and trace your assets after you die. You should keep the list in a safe place.
The form Where my possessions are kept is available in MS Word format.
- The form Where my possessions are kept is also available as a pdf.