Why Make a Will?

It is estimated that 33% of people die without having made a will. This can often cause hardship for those left behind and can cause long delays in sorting out the deceased’s affairs. Most people intend to make a will but it’s something that they just never get around to it. Now is your chance!

If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you should consider making a will.

  • Do you own a house? If so this is a significant asset and it is important that you set out clearly what should happen to it in the event of your death. 2.
  • Are you married? If you have recently married, or intend to get married in the near future, it is important to make a will or review your old one. On marriage all previous Wills are considered revoked.
  • Do you have children? If the answer is yes you will want to leave specific instructions to provide for their care both physical and financial.
  • Are you in a long term relationship? This is a complicated area, as in the event of you dying intestate (without making a will) the state will not recognise (as they do with married couples) the other persons right to inherit the estate. If you wish to make provisions for your partner in the event of your death it must be done so by making provisions in your will.

There are a number of steps to take:

  • Contact us to make an appointment with one of our solicitors to discuss your wishes.
  • You should complete a full record of all your assets including property, contents, cash, insurance policies, life policies, pension policies, bank and building society accounts, stocks or shares, credit union or post office accounts and any personal items such as jewellery etc.
  • Choose the person you wish to administer your estate, this person is called an executor. It is advisable to appoint two executors.
  • On receipt of your instructions we will draw up your will and send you a draft for your approval.
  • If you are satisfied with your draft will, or make any amendments, we will then arrange for you to sign your will in our office.
  • We can then hold on to your signed will for you in our Wills safe, if you wish, and give you copies. Alternatively, you may wish to take the originals yourself.

Don’t be one of the 33% who haven’t made a will.

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