Wills: Mirror Wills
A Mirror Will is prepared when a couple want to make almost identical Wills leaving, for example, everything to each other respectively and thereafter to the children, or where there are no children, to a named beneficiary. They must be individual Wills, so in effect they are separate legal documents with similar content. The respective partners usually become both sole beneficiary and sole executor to each other.
When writing a Mirror Will in this way it is essential to add at least one extra executor and beneficiary to each Will to safeguard the estate in the event that both should die together. The second executor and beneficiary can be the same person in both Wills, or you may chose to have different executors. However, naming different guardians in your Wills could lead to problems unless directed properly and given considerable thought.