Where there's a Will there's a way

According to recent survey of 2259 people by Will Aid, 47% of respondents had not made a Will, with those living in Wales and aged 45-54 being the biggest culprits. So what is putting people off?

From the same survey, of those people who had not made a Will, when asked why they didn’t have one 51.6% responded to say they just hadn’t got around to it, almost one fifth (16%) thought they were too young to make a Will and around 12.4% either thought it was unnecessary or they didn’t want to think about it.

These figures are a little worrying, yet they are understandable. Death is not exactly a subject of choice and many people believe that they don’t have anything of value to leave any relatives and are almost carefree of what happens to it in the event of their passing.

The reality of the situation is that once it is done, you can relax. You can forget about it in the same way as you would have done if you were not considering making the Will in the first place – except this time you are free from that nagging feeling that you ought to be doing something about making a Will!

What’s more, it makes your wishes and intentions clear and this is especially important if you have children or you own property. 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.

If you are considering making a Will, then why not contact the Wills and Probate team at Verisona Law, who would be happy to help you.

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 their ‘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.

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Client testimonials

"We are very pleased with the highly professional service that we have received from you. We will certainly use your company in future when we have legal work to be done and strongly recommend you to others."

Anon, April 2019

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

“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.”


"We have now received all of the information for the deputyship. We are delighted with the outcome. I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for your work and support. It was a difficult thing for us due to the circumstances, but you made it easy and that really helped.

Thank you also for the settlement of the account, we are very grateful. I have friends who have Autistic children and adults I will recommend you in the future".


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