What should I exclude from my Will?

By Melissa Broad, Contributing Writer.


There are certain things you shouldn’t put in your Will because they cannot actually be enforced by law. 

 

  • Funeral plans

Your body is not property, so it cannot be a part of your estate. You can try putting them in your Will, but they cannot be enforced. You could have a provision for costs of your funeral in your Will, but be careful of pre-paid funeral plans. 

 

  • Your digital life

Everything you’ve got in the cloud? Your online purchases? Your wishlists? Your Facebook account? Not enforceable by law, but you can choose to leave your login details to your executor and ask for your accounts to be deactivated, but again this is not enforced. 
 

  • Joint property

When you die, the co-owner immediately assumes full ownership of the property and so any interest you have in that falls away. 

 

  • Life insurance and retirement plans

The beneficiaries of these policies are already decided when you take them out, so they cannot be changed or redistributed in your will.

 

  • Illegal gifts or requests

No, you can’t have your sister burn your ex’s house down(!), or bequest your prescription medication to your friends. 


 

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