Its never too early to think about making a will, writes Nicola Steadman.
“Macmillan Cancer Support have recently undertaken a survey of more than 2000 people and find that 63% of them have not made a Will. This includes 42% of people over the age of 55. My job, as a Solicitor dealing with Wills, includes promoting why people should have them.
I was recently speaking to a young man of almost 40 who is separated from his wife but is not yet divorced. I asked him whether he had a Will and he said that he didn’t, so having to explain to him that, if anything happened to him, his wife would receive all of his assets, was certainly not what he wanted to hear.
The survey that Macmillan undertook stated that 20% of people still had their ex-partner on their Will, which is clearly not what the person would want.
I always suggest that people review their Wills every 5 years or as their circumstances change. This could include new grandchildren, receiving an inheritance themselves and their children becoming of age.
Many people say “they have just not got around to it”, so there is no time like the present or say “they have nothing to leave”, but this is inevitably not true. Everybody has something! Whether this be a current account or jewellery or personal items.”
Making a Will doesn’t have to be complicated. If you wish to have a chat or request one of our leaflets then please do give me a call on 01539 721945.
Published 26 February 2018
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