Believe it or not more than two thirds of people in this country don't have a Will (only about three in ten of us have actually made a Will).
We love stories of surprise windfalls or bitter disinheritance but, presumably, we all think it only happens to other people. When it comes to our own affairs we seem to think that burying our heads in the sand is a better alternative than making adequate provision for our friends and loved ones.
Did you know that in 2010 the Treasury gained £53 million from people who died intestate, ie without having made a Will? In 2009, the figure was even higher, £76 million!
Despite these figures and the disinheritance and family fallout stories we all love hearing about, we, as a society, still don’t want to make a Will. We don’t like thinking about our mortality or that or our nearest and dearest. It’s a depressing prospect but it happens to all of us at the end of the day.
If you want your money to go to the right people (your chosen relatives, friends or your favourite charities) the rule is simple: MAKE A WILL!
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Geoff joined the firm in 2019 and has over 30 years experience in dealing with Private Client matters. Geoff specialises in Wills and Probate, Trusts/Asset Preservation and Powers of Attorney.
Greg qualified in 2003 and joined the firm in 2012. Greg was made a Partner in 2019. Greg specialises in Property Law although he also deals with Wills, Probate and Estate Administration work. Greg has over 15 years post qualification experience.
Fiona qualified in 2012 and joined the firm in 2021 after having previously worked for a number of years in legal advice clinics based at Northumbria University and the University of Sunderland. Fiona also lectures part time at the University of Essex online. She now specialises in Wills and Probate, Trusts/Asset Preservation, Powers of Attorney and NHS continuing healthcare advice.