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The Charter for the Bereaved

Our promise to put bereaved families first.


  • What is the charter?
  • Making a will

Colchester Crematorium and Cemetery signed up to the Charter for the Bereaved in July 2003. Put simply, the Charter is our promise to put bereaved families first.

On this page you will find links to:

Making a Will

It is important to make a will even if you don't have much money or many possessions because:-

  • If you die without a will, there are certain rules about how your money, property or possessions should be allocated. This may not be the way that you would have wished.
  • Unmarried partners, and partners who have not registered a civil partnership, cannot inherit from each other unless there is a will, so the death of one partner may create serious financial problems for the remaining partner.
  • If you have young children, you will need to make a will so that arrangements for the care of the children can be made if either one or both parents die.
  • Tax is payable on inherited money but it may be possible to reduce the amount of tax payable if advice is taken in advance and an effective will is made.
  • And you must remember to change your will if your circumstances change, in order to ensure that your money and possessions are distributed according to your wishes. For example, if you have separated and your ex-partner now lives with someone else, you may want to change your will. If you marry or enter into a registered civil partnership, any previous will you have made will be invalid.

If you are in any doubt as to whether or not you should make a will, you should consult a solicitor or a Citizens Advice Bureau who can give you lists of solicitors.

You don't have to use a solicitor or a will making company to write your will for you, but unless the will is very simple and you are good at expressing yourself very clearly in writing, it is a good idea to take advice to avoid muddles later.

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