Four reasons why you need a will
It’s easy to make a will – and it will save your family unnecessary distress at an already difficult time
A will makes it much easier for your family or friends to sort everything out when you die – without a will the process can be more time consuming and stressful.
If you don’t write a will, everything you own will be shared out in a standard way defined by the law – which isn’t always the way you might want.
A will can help reduce the amount of Inheritance Tax that may be payable on the value of the property and money you leave behind.
Writing a will is especially important if you have children or other family who depend on you financially, or if you want to leave something to people outside your immediate family.
What happens if you don’t leave a will
If you don’t have a will when you die, your money, property and possessions will be shared out according to the law instead of your wishes. This can mean they pass to someone you hadn’t intended or that someone you want to pass things on to ends up with nothing.
Why you shouldn’t die without a will
Don’t Let This Happen To You
When you die without leaving a will, the law decides who gets what and how much – it doesn’t matter what your relationship with those people was like when you were alive. By leaving a will that says clearly who should get your property and money when you die, you can prevent unnecessary distress at an already difficult time for your family or friends.Some parents have had to sue their own children to get a share of their partner’s estate when their unmarried partner dies: the law says that in this situation the children get everything.
Why Do I Need A Will?