Thinking and talking about dying is something no-one wants to do. But having those difficult conversations and making plans now, while you’re alive and in good health, will protect your loved ones from the potential nightmare of you dying without a Will.
What’s the worst that could happen? For most people, it would be to lose someone they love. But what if, whilst dealing with their loss, they also had to deal with the prospect of losing the family home and their financial security? [Read more…]
Research shows that almost two thirds of UK adults don’t have a Will. That’s not to say they don’t know the importance of having one; it’s often just that they haven’t got around to it yet. Sadly, putting it off until tomorrow could mean your loved ones lose out on what you hoped to leave them in the future.
Contrary to what many people believe, there is no such thing as a ‘common law marriage’ in the UK. No matter how long a couple have been living together, or whether they have children, they do not have the same rights or protections as couples who are married or in a civil partnership. This can be particularly devastating if one half of a couple dies without a Will or with a Will that is out-of-date.
Writing a Will is your opportunity to let your loved ones know what you would like to happen to your worldly goods when you die. However, there a number of common mistakes that could lead to your wishes not being carried out correctly.