Benefits of Having a Legally Valid Will

25 October 2016

By Head of Wills, Solicitor James Antoniou

As a Solicitor who knows the upsetting impact that not making a Will can have upon best friends, family and loved ones, it continues to surprise me that most people in the UK, whether they have children or not, have not made a Will.

There’s been lots of research undertaken to try and understand why people decide to make a Will, it’s usually because of a life event happening that triggers the need, such a marriage, birth of a child, purchase of a property or retirement.

There are also reasons why people don’t write their Will, such as the fear that it is could be complex, expensive or simply because people do not like to consider their own mortality. The most common reason we hear is that people mean to do it but just haven’t got around to it. Whilst they recognise the importance of having a Will it’s just not seen as a priority.

Benefits of Having a Legally Valid Will

One of the main benefits is having peace of mind that you’ve not left your family or your best friend to deal with a mess.

Your Will also enables you to choose someone you trust to raise your children. This is so important to consider and make provision for. If there is no one who has Parental Responsibility over your children then the Court decides who should be appointed. This could result in someone, who you would not have chosen, to be raising your children and potentially in such a way that you would not have wanted.

By making a Will you can also ensure your hard earned money and any property you own goes to the people “you” choose. If you die without a Will in place you will have lost all control over who inherits your estate when you pass away. If you have no living family members, all your property and possessions will go to the Crown.

The law in England & Wales dictates how your estate should be distributed and it excludes long term partners, friends, pets and charities. Even if you want to leave everything to your family, you cannot assume that the law will take care of it the way you would like.

Furthermore, you don’t know which relatives are going to be alive when the time comes and you can’t say how the law may change in the future.

If you make a Will then you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your wishes are known.

At Co-op Legal Services we are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Our team of professional Will writers will make writing your Will as easy as possible for you. We also offer free lifetime storage of your Will and any Letter of Wishes you would like to include.

We will agree our fixed fee with you upfront before any work starts. Once we have provided you with a written quote for the agreed work to be done, that price will not change. No hidden fees. No nasty surprises.

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