Nicola Steadman writes:
“You may be reading this because you have not made a will and are putting it
off. Have you been using any of these
1. I know for a fact I’m never going to die!
2. My spouse deserves everything he/she gets, so I’m happy for him/her to suffer trying to sort out my estate without a will!
3. I don’t care who looks after my children – they can go into care while the court sorts it out!
4. My partner and I aren’t married – he/she won’t get my house or any of my estate, but I don’t care!
5. My children can fall out about who gets what – I’m not bothered!
6. The government can get my money – my family have enough!
7. I’m getting divorced, but I don’t care if my ex gets everything!
8. I don’t care if my family have to pay Inheritance Tax – I can’t be bothered to plan ahead!
9. My pet can roam the streets after my day – it’s not my problem anymore!
10. Why do I need to bother making funeral plans? I won’t be here, they can leave my body on the rubbish dump if they like, I don’t care!
Extreme perhaps, and funny, but not really that amusing if you think about the consequences. Hopefully this is not you and that the only reason you have not made a will yet is that you haven’t got round to it. That is probably the real reason for many people.
Making a will is simply good sense and planning - and will hopefully avoid some of the situations listed above!”Nicola Steadman is part of our private client team and will advise you about making a will and planning for the future. She can be contacted at our Kendal office.
Published 16 July 2020
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