I am planning to write my will − what should I think about? If you are having your will written by a solicitor, they will guide you through this process, and suggest what you will need to consider. This is likely to include: Making a list of your assets, and their estimated value. This should include any property you own, savings, stocks and shares, life insurance, and any particularly valuable possessions. Make a list of families, friends or charities who you would like to benefit, and decide what you would like to give to them. This gift could be a particular item, an amount of money, or a share of your estate. Think about who you would like to appoint as executors – the people or organisation who will ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death. These could be friends, family or professionals such as a solicitor. If you are a parent, appoint a guardian – this is very important to ensure your children are left in the care of the person you wish.