Simple ‘husband and wife’ (or partner) wills are ‘mirror’ wills (to be distinguished from ‘mutual wills’) where each testator:
- appoints their partner executor;
- leaves their entire estate to their partner;
- alternatively if their partner has already died, leaves their entire estate to their children equally; and
- if any of their children has predeceased, any children of that predeceased child takes their parents share equally.
In such a will, the testator has to think about the following:
- Who will be executor in the event the partner has already died
- Who would be guardian of any infant children
Often at the beginning of a couples life and while children are young, simple ‘mirror’ wills are appropriate. As life progresses, children grow up and get married or enter relationships, or after a marriage breakdown, the management of bequests in a blended family environment may require a more specific will.
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