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.
YOU OWE IT TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
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.
After studying at Havant College, Selina Williams began her legal career in 1994 as a legal secretary in the Wills & Probate department. She went on to study her A-level in law part-time and then completed her ILEX course to become a fully qualified Chartered Legal Executive in 2005.
‘I have always enjoyed the personal contact that comes with assisting clients in making their Wills, especially with the elderly,’ she says. ‘You are in a position to offer valuable support and provide peace of mind by sorting out any issues that may be causing a client concern.’
As part of her role at Verisona Law, Selina regularly takes part in free legal ‘drop-in’ events in the local community at centres including Age Concern at the Borrow Centre and St George’s Church Hall in Waterlooville.
‘I knew of Verisona Law from working in the area, and was always interested in what I saw and heard about their innovative culture,’ explains Selina ‘I was also impressed when they were included in the Legal 500, so when I learned of a position becoming available in their Wills, Trusts & Probate team, I jumped at the chance to join.’
In her spare time, Selina enjoys reading, line dancing and, having been brought up in France, makes great effort to keep up her language skills.
- 1994 -2002 Gaining experience working as a legal secretary in local firms including Wills & Probate at Bruttons & Co. Solicitors, Personal Injury at Shoosmiths & Harrison, and Conveyancing, Matrimonial and Wills and Probate at Bolitho Way, after which she made the decision to specialise as a Chartered Legal Executive in the Wills and Probate department.
- 2002 Trainee Legal Executive in Wills and Probate at Stokes Solicitors LLP in Portsmouth
- 2003 Legal Executive in Wills and Probate at Biscoes Solicitors in Waterlooville
- 2016 joined Verisona Law as an Associate in the Wills, Trusts and Probate Team.
- Inheritance Tax Advice
- Administration of Estates
- Deputyship Applications & Related Court of Protection Matters
- Qualified ‘Dementia Friend’ trained by The Alzheimer’s Society
“If it had not been for the EPA I would have had real problems even discussing my mother’s affairs with banks, investment companies, government departments and care providers, much less paying her bills from her account.
“Being able to supply copies of the EPA to the various parties meant they would speak to me and act on my instructions. Without it I would have had to pursue a long, complicated and expensive legal process – at a very difficult time personally.
“I would absolutely recommend planning ahead and making an LPA. It could make a huge difference to your loved ones.”
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