Making a Will - are you too afraid to do it?

It seems that the majority of us are - more often than not.  Research indicates that over half of adults in the UK have not made wills.  

The consequence of making a will is not that you will immediately die, although to hear some people’s reasons for not making a will that clearly is a real fear.

For some reason it appears that it is the male of the species who is particularly reluctant to make arrangements about what will happen to them, their family and their possessions when they die. 

Young children and older people seem able to discuss death in a matter of fact way and to contemplate it without the emotion and fear some of those in the middle age range feel. 


Once the will has been made, the worst contemplated (such as the simultaneous deaths of all your close family) and your wishes made clear, you can relax in the knowledge that you have done the right thing and made the best arrangements you can for your family and friends.  You will then feel free to go off and enjoy your life without that nagging feeling that you ought to be doing something about making a will.  Such peace of mind must be worth it? 

That’s the thing about death, we all know it will happen, but we do not know when it will come knocking.  To put off making a will until you are old or ill could be leaving it too late to do the best you can for those you care about.

Andrea is a Director and Head of Private Client at Verisona Law, specialising in Wills, probate and tax planning.  She also advises on lasting powers of attorney and declarations of trust in relation to property ownership.  Andrea is often asked to advise elderly parents and their children on the issue of trust of the family home and gift of the family home to the children. 

Many clients regard her as the ‘family’s solicitor’ and come back to her whenever they need legal advice. Clients have appointed her to act as their Attorney in the event that they become unable to manage their own affairs and she has acted in this capacity on a number of occasions.

Andrea is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

solicitor for the elderly

Andrea qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and has worked as a full time solicitor since then.  She has been with Gray Purdue, now Verisona Law, since 1987, initially acting for clients in matrimonial cases. Since 1999 she has advised on Wills and probate, and related matters.

She was on the Solicitors panel for the Leprosy Mission for a number of years and supports ‘free Wills’ campaigns designed to raise money for charities.    

Past work

  • Acted for a client whose husband died unexpectedly without making his Will and leaving her with a young baby. 
  • Made an application to the Court to amend the rules of intestacy to ensure that the client was able to manage financially without having to tie up funds for her baby daughter until she was older.
  • Acted for a client whose solicitors at the time had failed to do a deed of variation to reduce the amount of inheritance tax that was payable on his late father’s estate.  Ensuring that the client received compensation for this and was put in the position he would have been had the deed of variation been prepared and signed in the time allowed. 
  • Wills
  • Probate and administration of estates
  • Tax planning as it relates to wills and estates
  • Lasting powers of attorney
  • Registration of enduring powers of attorney
  • Declarations of trust and transfers of equity
  • Initial advice regarding probate and will disputes
  • Living wills/Advance Directives
  • Equity release

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