It makes things much easier for those left behind.
You decide exactly who gets which assets and how much. This could be anything from personal belongings to pets or property.
It could help avoid unnecessary delays and arguments amongst family members or relatives, that can arise when a deceased person’s wishes are unclear.
If you have children below the age of 18 you need to make a Will to nominate guardians in the event of your death.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DIE WITHOUT A WILL?
If you die without making a Will your estate will be distributed under the Law of Intestacy. This can normally leave those you would have chosen, without any of your estate. Last year 2000 estates passed to the Crown.
The law does not recognise common-law partners so if you are unmarried, your partner may not inherit anything and could be forced out of the home you have shared together.
If you have children under 18, the courts could decide who looks after them and they could be placed into care in the meantime.
Dying with no Will in place could mean further expensive and time consuming legal processes that would fall to your loved ones at an already very difficult time.
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