What is your excuse for NOT making a will?



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 excuses?


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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