If you don’t make a Will
Every few minutes, someone, somewhere will die intestate – that is without leaving a valid Will. For those people the government has written a standard Will, which will almost certainly contradict what their wishes would have been and will read something like this …
|To my family:
I hereby leave you months, possibly years of financial hardship and expense while you go to unnecessary efforts to sort out my affairs.
To my spouse:
I hereby leave you some – but maybe not all – of everything I own.
To my children:
I hereby leave you the remainder of my estate and give you the authority to enforce the sale of any part of it – including the family home – to realise your inheritance.
To social services:
If my children are orphaned I give you the authority of guardianship and the power to choose who shall look after them, including allocating them to foster parents.
To the tax man:
I hereby leave you all the tax that I could have avoided and given the money instead to my family.
To my bank and/or solicitor:
I hereby authorise you to charge whatever you feel necessary to sort out the mess that I have left behind. I realise that this could make you one of the major beneficiaries of my estate.
To everyone else:
I leave you nothing.
I’ll do it tomorrow….
By making a Will you can help secure your family’s future. So don’t delay, contact us to arrange an appointment.