One in five adults don't have a will, and as a result on average a whopping £8 million worth of property goes to the UK government mistakenly evey year, against the wishes of deceased individuals. Why does this happen?
This happened because the property belonged to people who had died ‘intestate’- without having a will. This is why it is crucially important to have a will in place before the time of your death.
But making a will is messy, complicated and completely boring. Right?
Wrong! Making a will is a really simple thing to do. It takes less than 2 hours to write and sign, and will be with you for the rest of your life.
Do I actually need a will – won’t my family will sort my affairs?
Possibly. If you die without a will your affairs can be in fluctuation for years. We understand that thinking about your death can be incredibly depressing, and that you may be worried about the cost of making said will. Yet without making your wishes known this could leave behind big problems; coupled with years of anguish and grief for your loved ones. If there’s no will the next of kin need to apply for a ‘grant of representation’ or ‘grant of probate’; which gives them the legal right to access things like the deceased’s bank account- which can take time.
Why should I make a will?
There are a number of reasons why you should make a will, and we’ve explained some of the more frequent reasons below:
How will a will protect my final wishes?
So to put it simply, a will does the following:
How can North West Cancer Research help?
We have partnered with McClure Solicitors to provide free will writing and will re-writing services for all of our supporters. We want to ensure that people can easily and quickly make legally binding wills. This will avoid many of the problems listed above and ensure that upon death your wishes are valid and carried out how you intended.
If you’d like to book an appointment at our will clinic, or would like more information about wills in general, contact Jennifer Higgs today. Or call 0151 709 2919.