Making a Will is essential if the worse was to happen, it would give your loved ones a clear statement of your last wishes, it lets you decide what happens to your money, property and possessions after death. Simply by having an up-to-date Will this makes the whole process easier for family and friends to deal with your estate during an often already challenging time. Without making a Will, unnecessary tax may have to be be paid or your estate may even pass to the Government after your death.
Making a Will is especially important if you have children or family members who depend on you financially, this will allow you to make provisions for them. If you were to die without a Will, statute dictates your possessions are distributed – your assetts may not automatically pass to your spouse, partner and/or your children.
Everyday 2000 people die in this country and most leave their families with all the problems of Intestacy (dying without having a legally valid Will.) Assuming that their possessions will automatically pass on to their spouse or other family members. Unfortunately this often causes immediate financial hardship, simply because no Will had been written.
If you already have a Will in place, Gov.uk recommends you review your Will every five years and after any major change in your life. For example getting married (this cancels any Will you made before) or having a child. For changes you should make a new Will, this will in turn revoke all previous Wills.
HOW CAN GRAHAM COLLEY SOLICITORS ASSIST?
We are a small friendly practice based in Rochester, Kent. Graham Colley has been qualified as a solicitor for over 40 years and specialises in all aspects of Wills and Estate Planning as well as advising on disputed Wills.
Here at Graham Colley Solicitors we understand that making a Will can be a seeming difficult process. Our specialist team will arrange a time for you to visit our offices (socially distanced), where we can offer you a personal one-to-one service to either write or update your Will. We can also offer virtual consultations.
Call us today to get your affairs in order this winter: 01634 838656
There were an estimated 23,200 excess winter deaths in England & Wales in 2018 to 2019, according to the Office of Nationl Statistics. As we fast approach this years winter flu season, amidst a global pandemic, A&E departments throughout the country are preparing for a hard winter.
‘Hospitals are already gearing up for the busy winter season when they are often overwhelmed with cases of flu and pneumonia and hoards of sick elderly patients. Add Coronavirus into the mix and it promises to be a long hard winter.’ (Source: My London)