A Will is the only way to ensure that your property and loved ones are protected upon your death yet around 58% of adults does not have a current, valid Will.
Without one, the Government directs, in a strict specified order, who should inherit from your estate. This could mean that your relatives, friends and charities may get nothing.
It is also particularly important to make a Will if you are not married to your partner as the law does not automatically recognise partners as having the same rights as husbands and wives. A Will is also vital if you have children or dependants who may not be able to care for themselves. Without a Will there could be uncertainty about who will look after or provide for them if you die.
You should always consider taking legal advice about making a Will but more so if:
- several people could make a claim on your estate when you die because they depend on you financially;
- you are not married but have a long term partner
- you have children under the age of 18
- your permanent home is not in the UK or you are not a British citizen;
- you live here but you have overseas property; or
- you own all or part of a business.
How can we help?
Here at THB Legal our specialist team can advise you on:-
- Preparation of Wills and Codicils
- Inheritance tax planning
- Asset protection
- Wills for second or “blended” families
- Will Trusts for disabled or vulnerable beneficiaries or other circumstances where a trust may be beneficial
- Statutory Wills
For further information please see our “Guide to Making a Will”.
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