Protecting our loved ones is a top priority for all of us, which is why it’s so surprising that many people each year die without writing a Will. We all work hard to pay our mortgages and provide for our family, and we want them to be looked after should the unexpected happen. But if the unexpected was to happen to you, do you know what would happen to your assets, and to the home you’ve worked so hard for?
If you die intestate (without a will), your assets become subject to the rules of intestacy. These rules are somewhat outdated and many people are shocked to find out that those they would wish to inherit from their estate may not. If you die without leaving a Will then you give up control over how your assets are distributed. Your loved ones may end up paying more in Inheritance Tax, or worse, be forced to sell the family home. This can be very distressing at what is already a difficult time. In addition, if you leave no Will, your family may face delays, legal complications and additional costs. If you have a young family, making a Will is especially important as it enables you to not only make provision for your family financially, but also to appoint Guardians for your children and set up a Trust.
It may seem like a daunting task but making a Will is actually very straightforward and takes far less time than you think. It’s the only way to protect your family and give you peace of mind.
I started out learning about intestacy the hard way after both my parents tragically died without leaving Wills. In the following years I was legal guardian to my siblings and a step-daughter, had three children of my own, and experienced a marriage break-up. So whilst I understand normal family situations, I also have a deeper understanding of how complicated modern families can be! Having kept my own Will up-to-date throughout all of my changing circumstances it’s fair to say it’s something I’m quite passionate about.
I can fit in around your busy lives and talk when it’s convenient for you, whether that be daytime, evenings, weekends or even during your lunch break. It really doesn’t have to be a headache and could actually save you and your family a lot of hassle in the long run! There really is no time like the present - call or message me today and we can have a chat to arrange an appointment convenient for you.
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A basic Will is a simple form of Will that suits people who do not have a complicated estate or dependants to consider. It appoints Executors to act on your behalf after you have died and sets out your wishes for how you would like your estate to be distributed after your death.
When you make a Will, the people who you’d like to receive your estate are known as beneficiaries. It may be that you don’t want those beneficiaries to receive their inheritance directly. A Trust is where you set up special instructions to hold assets on behalf of your beneficiaries. You appoint Trustees (people you trust) to administer the assets on your behalf.
Making a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows you to nominate a trusted relative or friend to look after your affairs should you for any reason not be able to. An LPA is a legal document, and it’s a really good opportunity to consider making one alongside your Will.
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