Please, protect your familyMar 31, 2020
We’re living in scary times. The Coronavirus, Covid-19, is spreading across the world, with terrifyingly high numbers of predicted deaths. Occasions like this make us very aware of our own mortality and vulnerability.
Despite this, and this is something we can never get our heads around, some 70% of adults (according to thisismoney.co.uk) don’t have a Will. For one reason or another, writing a Will just isn’t something that they think of. leaving their family unprotected. There’s also a huge number of people who have one, but it’s horribly out of date.
What’s stopping them? People don’t think that they’re “rich” enough to have a Will. For some, they think that it’s too complicated. And moreover, they trust their family to split their possessions up perfectly well once they’ve gone.
If only life were that easy, or that straightforward.
If you’re a parent, then things get even more serious. By not having a Will in place, you’re at risk of leaving your family exposed. As a matter of fact, even more so if you’re not married to your partner.
Are you a parent?
If you pass away without a valid up to date Will then everything you own will be decided by the rule of intestacy. These rules will divide everything up, as the court sees fit. If you’re a parent, you’ll have no control over which of your children get what. But we have good news. By working with our experienced, skilled and friendly lawyers, we can help you put together a Will that will take care of everything. If you or your partner were to die, we will help you to ensure that your family is protected, provided for and that everything you own will be split up the way you wanted.
But believe us when we say that it’s not all about money. There’s a lot of other things to bear in mind as well. By simply writing a will, it allows guardians to be appointed for your children if they are under 18 years of age when you pass away. So, if you haven’t got plans for your children outlined in a Will, and both parents pass, people you don’t know will decide your children’s future. The local authority or the courts will take control of the decision of who should look after them. If you’re a parent, that’s a really scary future to have to think of.
Some quick important points to note if a parent doesn’t have a Will:
- their spouse, cohabitee, partner or civil partner won’t automatically inherit everything
- if they’re not married then there’s a danger that their partner may not inherit anything depending on how they hold their assets
- who looks after their children may be decided by a local authority or court
- any step-children or foster children won’t inherit anything
If you don’t have a Will or if it’s been years since it was updated, go and do something about it. Don’t leave things to chance, please. Give us a call or send us an email and we can talk you through your options and give you an idea of the cost involved.
How can we help you?
Our job as Solicitors, is to make everything as simple as possible for our clients. We want our clients to be 100% clear on everything. We’ll do our very best to explain our advice in clear and simple terms, avoiding the use of legal jargon. But if there’s still something that they don’t understand, we want them to ask us questions… and believe us when we say, no question’s a stupid question.
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Despite the office being temporarily closed, our Wills, Trusts and Probate team can still help you with writing a Will. We can talk on the phone, arrange a skype call, or find other ways to help you. Give the team a call the team on 01752 827076 or email one of us at [email protected]
We’ll always do our very best to help you, every single step of the way.