The Law Society of England and Wales has urged people to make a will this Dying Matters Awareness Week, to avoid leaving problems for bereaved family and friends.
Law Society President, Jonathan Smithers, said: “Everyone knows that making a will is important to ensure that their wishes are carried out after their death, but it is all too easy to keep it at the bottom of the to-do list.
“This week is an opportunity to pause and think about who you would want to benefit and to get your will drawn so you and your family can have peace of mind.”
The Law Society also pointed out that family structures have become more complicated, and that more people have property to leave which has risen in value over their lifetime.
“It is worth taking care over a will to make sure that you understand tax liabilities and property rights are properly addressed,” Mr Smithers added.
The best way to avoid any unintended consequences of intestacy is to make a will – ensuring you decide what goes to your children, partner, former spouse and other family members.
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