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Over 30% of Deaths are Unexpected

07 December 2018

Earlier this year, we carried out the nation's Biggest Ever Survey into death, dying and bereavement. Of those that told us they have suffered a bereavement in the last 5 years, over a third said that the death had been sudden and unexpected. This comes as a stark reminder that we never know what the future could hold for us.

Despite this, the majority of UK adults have yet to make a Will, and this is noticeably more widespread among the younger generation. Of those that we asked, a staggering 96% of people under 30 have yet to make a Will, and 85% of those under 40 said that they have not put a Will in place.

You're Never Too Young to Prepare

A common misconception is that life planning is reserved for the older generation, but this is simply not the case. Anyone can suffer an accident or an illness at any time, and preparation is key. There is no right or wrong time for you to put these plans in place, but if you choose to put it off then you risk waiting until it's too late.

If you die without a valid Will in place, then the law will decide what happens to everything you own, taking the decision completely out of your hands. Inheritance laws, called the Rules of Intestacy, will place your relatives in order of priority, and some family members may not be recognised under these rules, such as unmarried partners.

Therefore, your Estate could be inherited by people that you would not have wanted it to go to, and some of your loved ones could be left with very little or nothing at all. This can, and often does, cause arguments between family members at a time when they are already grieving.

So what's holding people back? Of those that told us they are uncomfortable talking to others about death, 15% said that this is because it seems a long way off with a further 15% responding that they are simply too busy living life.

Making a Will Doesn't Need to Be Time Consuming

Making a Will does not need to be a lengthy or complicated process. With Co-op Legal Services, all it takes is one phone call with one of our specialist Will Writers, who will talk through your wishes in detail and draft a legally valid Will that's specifically tailored to your requirements.

Our Will writing appointments are available outside of normal business hours, so that you don't need to take time away from work, or if you prefer then you can start your Will online at a time that suits you.

Once your Will has been professionally drafted by us, a draft copy will be posted to you to review so that you can check that all of the details are correct and mark up any changes that are needed. We will make these changes for you and then send a new version to you so that you can check you're happy with everything. There's no limit on how many times you can make changes to your draft Will, so you know that you'll be absolutely satisfied that everything is correct.

Once you're happy with your Will, we will send you the original copy to sign in the presence of two witnesses. Then your Will is complete. You can either choose to keep hold of the original Will yourself or we can securely store this for you for free for the rest of your life.

Then you can get back to enjoying life, safe in the knowledge that in the event of your death, your loved ones will be provided for in the way that you want.

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