It seems that the majority of us are, more often than not, too afraid to make a will. 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.
Hayley is Associate Director and Head of Wills, Probate & Trusts at Verisona Law.
Hayley has a particular interest in dealing with the administration of estates and associated tax matters. She has worked on a wide variety of cases, including some notably high value estates and she regularly provides advice to clients regarding Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.
Hayley is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Hayley graduated from Southampton University in 2007 with a 2:1 in Law and went on to study her Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, Guildford. This she passed with a distinction the following year.
Hayley is a fully qualified member of STEP (the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), meaning that she is a specialist in this area of law.
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