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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.

Yours shamefully

 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.

 

 

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