Just one in three people in the UK make a Will before they die, potentially leaving their family and friends with nothing but upset and confusion when they’re gone.
A Will ensures that all your affairs are in order and that your possessions and savings are divided among the people and organisations you care about. It also means that your wishes will be carried out, allowing you to feel completely reassured.
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We will now match you up with suitable Will Writers who will call you to discuss your requirements. The Will Writers we work with aim to get in touch within 48 hours.
If you are considering writing a Will, you might also be interested in a funeral planning.
A funeral plan allows you to pay for your funeral, ensuring that your loved ones aren’t faced with any unexpected costs.
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The court decides
Things can become problematic and confusing when there is no Will in place, as the law steps in and decides how your estate is divided.
The court is a completely objective third party and will make its decision purely based on the law, meaning everything will be split between your family, if you have living relatives. It won’t take into consideration the state of your relationship with your kin, which can make things difficult for your loved ones and cause unnecessary upset.
In some extreme cases, people have had to sue their children to get a share of their unmarried partner’s estate - a scenario that could be very traumatic.
Choosing not to leave a Will is called intestacy or dying intestate, which comes with specific rules about how your possessions and savings are divided.
The law is different depending on where you live in the UK, with variations across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The common rules state:
To find out exactly who would inherit your estates, check out our infographic.
When you do make a Will, it’s incredibly important to make sure everything is correct, as errors can make the document invalid.
Your Will must be free of mistakes and updated regularly to reflect any changes in your life, such as additions to the family or new marriages. You should also let your loved ones know of any major changes - such as disinheriting someone - to avoid disputes after you’re gone.
Some of the most common mistakes include:
To ensure that your Will is mistake free, it’s a good idea to get it checked over by a professional if you’re using a DIY kit or seek out their help from the start.