Recent figures show that almost two-thirds of the United Kingdom population have not made a will.
A will is a legal document that sets out your wishes regarding the distribution of your estate and the care of any children. It is the only way to ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death.
However, the reasons for not making one include –
- Having nothing worth passing on
- Have not thought about it
- Have been too busy
The number of people contacting charities for help with what to do has been steadily increasing over the last five years.
Common law marriage myth.
Couples living together or in civil partnerships believe that they have legal protection. This is not the case. In the eyes of the law, they are seen as being just friends.
If your partner dies you are not automatically entitled to anything. The estate will move to the closest family member. Firstly, the children, then parents and then siblings (Brothers and Sisters).
If you have cohabited for a long time you could make a claim against your deceased partner’s estate. You’ll probably stand a good chance of getting something but it can be very unpleasant and costly.
How Anstee & Co can help you.
There are many factors involved in writing a will, and the process may seem complex and time-consuming. Our expert financial advisers will support you in structuring your thoughts and help you make sound financial planning decisions. We do not write wills ourselves but can introduce you to solicitors that do.
Simply contact us and we will guide you through the process from start to finish.
We have offices and financial advisers based in-
- Kettering, Northamptonshire
- Stamford, Lincolnshire
- Birmingham, West Midlands
- London, Central London
We also have financial advisers who live and work in Towcester, Wellingborough, Droitwich, Northampton and Warwick. Meetings can also be arranged at your home or place of work at a time that is convenient for you.
Remember that without a will, the distribution of your estate will take much longer. This could cause unnecessary distress to the beneficiaries. Disputes can be avoided if a valid will is in place, so why not contact us today for financial advice?