Why Make A Will? | Irwin Mitchell

Why Make A Will?

More than two-thirds of people in the UK don’t have a Will. Dying without a Will can make a difficult time even harder for your loved ones.

We hear many reasons why people don’t have a Will, including:

Watch our short videos featuring Jane and her dad below, as we discover the different scenarios which complex families like Jane's find themselves in when a Will hasn't been left by a loved one, as well as seeing the benefits that come with writing a Will early.

I haven't got around to writing a Will...

We understand that life can get hectic sometimes. With so much to do, writing your Will may not be at the top of your priority list. That is why we have made sure writing your Will is as easy as possible.

All you have to do is answer a few very simple questions about yourself, your family and who you would like to inherit your possessions. Our expert lawyers will then draft a Will for you. To make it even easier, we offer a range of Will writing services and a range of cost options to suit all requirements and all budgets.

I'm too young, I'll write a Will when I'm older...

All too often people feel that writing their Will can wait until they are older. Unfortunately, none of us know what might lie around the corner. In many sad cases we speak to families whose loved ones thought they were "too young" to write a Will.

If you die without a Will, the law will decide which members of your family inherit your possessions. This sometimes comes as a bit of a shock to families. Of course, the powers that decide what happens in this case do not know you or your loved ones personally. This means that your estate could be divided in a way you might not have chosen.

As an adult you are never too young to make a Will. Don't let the law make your decisions for you. To make sure that your estate goes to the people in your life who are important to you, write your Will today using one of our flexible, specialist Will writing services.

I don't like to think about dying...

We understand that dwelling on death is not a pleasant experience for anyone. Yet, by creating a Will, you make sure that your legacy lives on after you. Taking a few minutes to think about what you would like to happen to your estate when you pass away ensures your loved ones are provided for, helping them to continue with life once you are no longer around.

A clear, well-written Will is of great help to your family and loved ones if you die. It helps them to understand your final wishes and to work through your practical requirements at a time of great emotional pain.

We understand that writing a Will and thinking about death is not the nicest task. That is why our sensitive lawyers work hard to make our expert Will writing services as quick and painless as possible.

All my assets will automatically go to my partner...

Many people think that their assets will automatically go to their partner if they die. This is not always the case. The law states that your partner will only inherit if you are married or in a civil partnership. No matter how long you have lived together, your partner will not receive any of the assets that you own, unless your assets are jointly held as joint tenants or unless you write a Will.

Even couples who are married or who are civil partners will not necessarily inherit the whole estate. If you die without a Will, the law means your spouse may not inherit everything.  Children or other family members may share in your estate.

The only way to ensure that your estate goes to the people of your choosing is to write a Will.

I don't have a lot of money so don't need a Will...

Most of us are worth more than we think, especially if you have insurance policies which pay out on your death. You may not have many valuable assets, but a Will is about more than just money.

For example, in your Will you can name a trusted person who will deal with your estate after you pass away (known as an “executor”).  This person will have the responsibility (and the authority) to manage your assets, including your property. This vital person will also pay your outstanding debts, including your funeral expenses and taxes. Finally, they will share out your estate according to the wishes you have recorded in your Will.

If you don't have a Will, there will be no-one to manage your assets until the Court appoints someone to act on your behalf. This takes time, effort and expense. In the meantime, no-one is looking after your property or money. This is why a Will is important. It protects your interests, it helps your loved ones and it ensures everything is done as you would wish.

If you have children, you can also use your Will to nominate a legal guardian to look after them if you die. This can make life easier for any family members who take your children in.

It doesn’t matter how much or how little money you have. A Will is an important document for everyone, whatever their assets are. Find out more about our range of will writing services today to organise your will quickly, easily and professionally.

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