One thing that concerns us as will-writers here at Whitebrook is the fact that so many people die intestate (without a will). There are many reasons for this. Some believe a will is not necessary if you are young; others put off making a will until it is too late; there are also those for whom the idea of making a will is distressing and unpleasant; many think wills are expensive to have drawn up.
We’d like to “bust” these myths about wills, and urge everyone – especially our neighbours and friends here in Warminster – to make a will. It is especially important if you have children and other loved ones who you want to be sure will benefit from your assets after you are gone.
If you die without a will the rigid laws of intestacy determine who will inherit what, and the letter of the law may well not bequeath your money and belongings quite as you were expecting or would have wished. There have been cases where spouses, long-term partners and step-children have been left high and dry.
The lack of a will might leave your relatives tied up in “red tape”, adding to their grief and distress after your death, and sometimes leave a legacy of family conflict.
A will is also vital if your children are young, because via your will you can appoint legal guardians for them in the event of your untimely death.
Having a clear-cut, well prepared will that is regularly updated through all the stages of life is a necessity for every adult.
It’s easier than you think to make a will, especially if you live in Warminster – just give us at Whitebrook Trust & Wills a call on 01985 850622 for a confidential chat with no obligation. It’s the least you can do for your loved ones!