Around 60% of people in the UK die without a will. The law calls this ‘intestacy’ and applies its own rules as to who should inherit the estate – a “one size fits all” approach. Sometimes this does lead to an appropriate outcome. But often the results are unexpected, and not at all what the person who’s passed away would have wanted, nor what their loved ones would have anticipated. Having a valid will in place can help prevent unnecessary distress at an already difficult time.
Our team of specialist will solicitors can help you make sure that your assets go to those you intend. That’s important in all cases – but especially so with the increasing number of second relationships, where there might be a spouse or partner, and the children from a previous relationship.
Having a will also come in useful for other aspects of life planning, such as if you wish to defer payment or reduce the amount of inheritance tax payable when you pass on. Also, people have very different personal views on how they’d like to be medically treated if they’re no longer able to tell the professionals caring for them. You can leave directions to your next of kin about your treatment in these circumstances, or you might want to specify a friend or relative who you trust to make these difficult decisions on your behalf.
Our specialist will solicitors in Chesham, Amersham and Beaconsfield will take the time to get to know you and prepare a will that truly reflects what you want. If you’ve been considering your will, talk to one of our experienced, friendly experts today to see how we can help bring peace of mind for you and your family.
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