Your Will is your chance to take care of everything that\u2019s important to you. Family and loved ones obviously always come first.\r\n\r\nMany people believe that\u00a0writing a\u00a0Will\u00a0is complicated, but in fact it\u2019s relatively straightforward. When making or updating your Will you should always seek\u00a0professional advice.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHere are a few important things you should consider before you speak to a professional advisor.\r\n1. What is the value of your estate?\r\nBefore you speak to a solicitor or professional Will writer, they will expect you to have a rough idea of what you own and what it's worth. This might seem off-putting but all you need is a basic valuation at this this stage. Don't worry about working out the exact value of everything; as long as you have a rough idea of the value of your estate, that's enough for them to get on with.\r\n\r\nYou should think about how much the following things are worth:\r\n\r\n \tProperty\r\n \tCar\r\n \tSavings\r\n \tPersonal possessions, including sentimental objects\r\n \tYour pension\r\n \tAny investments you've made\r\n \tYour business, if you own or part-own one\r\n\r\nYou also need to have an idea of any existing debts you have. These debts might include mortgages, loans and overdrafts. Again, this doesn't have to be a precise value, but your solicitor or Will writer will need to know a rough idea of the amounts.\r\n\r\n2. How do you want your estate to be distributed?\r\nGifts can be anything you own and can take the form of specific items, cash amounts, or a percentage of your estate.\r\n\r\nBy\u00a0making your Will\u00a0you can make provisions for the age at which young beneficiaries receive their gift or share of your estate, as well as providing for beneficiaries with health or care needs.\r\n\r\nYou may choose to use your Will to pass on business interests: for instance you could leave shares in the family company to a son or daughter who has come into the business. This is a very tax-efficient way to pass on your assets.\r\n\r\nYou can also specify family and friends who you wish to pass on personal items to.\r\n\r\n3. Who has made a difference to your life?\r\nHas a charity\u00a0helped you or somebody you love? Which causes are important to you?\r\n\r\nAfter you\u2019ve looked after your family and friends, you may wish to leave a gift to a charity close to your heart. The donation can be as small or large as you like.\r\n\r\nMake a note of their charity name, address and registered charity number to give to your professional advisor.\r\n\r\nWe can provide you with these details for our\u00a0member charities, or you can find details for all registered charities in the UK and Wales on the\u00a0Charity Commission\u00a0website.\r\n\r\nDetails for charities in Scotland can be found on the\u00a0Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.\r\n\r\n4.\u00a0Who do you wish to be executors and guardians?\r\nAnother important consideration when making a Will is the appointment of your executors \u2013 the people who will deal with your estate in the event of your death \u2013 as well as guardians for your children.\r\n\r\nIdeally, executors should be business-minded family or friends or could be\u00a0professional advisors.\r\n\r\nRead our\u00a0guidance for executors.\r\n\r\n5. How do you want to store your Will?\r\nOnce written, most professional advisors will offer to store your Will for you so that the Will is not lost.\r\n\r\nIt may also be worth considering storing your Will with the\u00a0Her Majesty\u2019s Court Service. When your Will is complete,\u00a0you can also register\u00a0it with a number of commercial organisations that operate Will registration schemes.\r\n\r\nFind a solicitor in your area.\r\n\r\n6. Do you own foreign property in the EU?\r\nFor those of you with foreign property in the EU, as of 2015 it became easier to leave a charitable gift in\u00a0your Will.\r\n\r\nRead our blog post to find out more about\u00a0giving in the EU.\r\n\r\n7. Have you considered your digital assets?\r\nWe all have increasing amounts of digital assets stored online, ranging from email and Facebook accounts, passwords for online accounts, to digital music and photos.\r\n\r\nYou can pass on your digital assets to family or friends when writing a Will.\r\n\r\nTake a look at our\u00a0digital assets checklist below to help you consider what digital assets you own and who you would like to pass them onto.