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The Consequences of Dying Without a Will

The Consequences of Dying Without a Will

The Consequences of Dying Without a Will

Date: January 11, 2016

Your Loved Ones Are Precious…

Roger Lloyd Pack, best known as Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, died without leaving a Will to deal with his £1.4m fortune, leaving his widow and children facing uncertainty and with a hefty Inheritance Tax bill. Your loved ones are precious. Having cared for them during your lifetime, would you wish to abandon them upon your death? To ensure they are properly provided for is not a matter to be left to chance.

If there is no Will, (that is to say an intestacy) a spouse will not automatically inherit an estate and unmarried partner will receive nothing even if you have lived together for many years and have children together. Often this will lead to costly and time consuming claim by your spouse, partner or other aggrieved person against your estate reducing the overall monies available for distribution to those entitled.

If you therefore go to the trouble of making a Will, also make sure that it will be valid, avoid ambiguity and further disputes by using a professional. A Solicitor can provide you with the peace of mind ensuring that your wishes are carried out and that the possibility of a contested claim against your estate resulting in hardship to your chosen beneficiaries, is avoided.

No other provider of Wills has such specialised training as a Solicitor and worryingly, Will writers can set up in business with no training at all! If you were ill, would you go and see a doctor or would you ensure your life to Jim, Dave or Mick with no medical training or may have read a magazine article on your affliction.

Moreover, a Solicitor having made your Will appointing executors, can help guide them through the administrative process of winding up your estate, relieving them from a somewhat daunting and overwhelming task and the problems they might encounter in doing so.

We may not be able to ease your loved ones grief but we can shelter and protect them from the storms arising from an invalid Will or an intestacy.

In the words of Del Boy, don’t be a Plonker!

Lilias Glen – Solicitor at Coles Law