Writing a will is something that it’s easy to put off for another day, especially when you’re young. But one newspaper has recently highlighted the importance of getting this legal document sorted out sooner rather than later.
Although no-one likes to think about dying, it can happen suddenly to any of us and in this case, not having a will may mean that your loved ones don’t receive the benefits from your estate. You may even have certain sentimental items that you’d like to go to particular people, but without a will these wishes may not be known.
The Telegraph explained that having a will ensures that whatever you leave behind will go to the people you care about, as well as making the process of dealing with your estate much easier for those left behind.
Peter de Vena Franks, campaign director for charity Will Aid, explained that for parents, having a will is not only about physical possessions and wealth, but where you can state who you would like your children to live with should you die young.
He explained that if there is no will, and no other parent with parental responsibility, “an application would need to be made to the court to decide with whom your child will live, in the event of a dispute about this”.
Working with a solicitor to ensure your will is correctly worded is also important, he added.
Last month, Will Aid ran a campaign urging people to put making a will at the top of their New Year’s resolution list. A poll carried out by the charity in 2017 found that almost half of Britons don’t have a will.
Come and talk to our will solicitors in Epsom if you’d like to create your will this year.