Writing a Will and Why You Shouldn’t Put it Off

9 Aug 2018

Putting off writing a Will is easy to do – often simply because we don’t have the time. But it’s well worth making the time. Here are 10 reasons people commonly give for not making a Will, or indeed not updating their Will, and an explanation as to why you shouldn’t put it off: 

  1. “It is tempting fate”
    Making a Will does not shorten your life! And not making a Will doesn’t make you live any longer. It will simply give you and your loved ones peace of mind.
  2. “I’ll do it when I’m older”
    Not making a Will doesn’t lengthen your life and accidents and illness happen at any age. There is nothing to gain from delaying getting it done.
  3. There’s no point – I’m not wealthy enough to need a Will”
    Add up your total personal wealth carefully and you may be surprised.
  4. “My family will sort things out without any problem”
    Often difficulties do arise when a Will isn’t written. Without a Will, relatives have the added stress of dealing with a loved one’s estate. Plus having a Will minimises any disagreements after someone has passed away.
  5. “My husband or wife will inherit it all anyway”
    Sadly this isn’t always true. If you don’t leave a Will, the law decides how your estate is passed on - not your family.
  6. I’ve got no-one to leave it to”
    If you don’t leave a Will, your estate will either go to relatives (possibly very distant) or to the Crown if you don’t have any. By writing a Will, you could choose a charity that you care about to benefit instead.
  7. “Solicitors are too expensive. I’ll just buy a form and do it myself”
    Preparing a Will takes skill and experience. It is easy to make mistakes and, if there are errors in the will, this can cause problems. Sorting out misunderstandings and disputes after your death can result in expensive legal costs, reducing the amount of money you leave behind. Chailey Heritage Foundation’s Make a Will Fortnight is a great value way to write your Will if you have been putting it off.
  8. “I’ve already got a Will I signed years ago”
    Think about whether your circumstances have changed. If they have changed in any way, it’s wise to update your Will. For a suggested donation of £75 you can make straightforward changes to your Will during Chailey Heritage Foundation’s Make a Will Fortnight.
  9. I’ve got no-one to be my executor”
    Many law firms are happy to act as your executors if you really have no-one to do it.
  10. “It’s all too much of a worry”
    It’s the role of a solicitor to look after the detail, so that you don’t need to worry.

Thank you to Richard Shearing from JE Bennett Law for writing this blog post. JE Bennett Law in Sevenoaks are one of 5 solicitors who are waiving their fees during our Make a Will Fortnight. Running from 10th to 21st September 2018, you can make an appointment with a professional solicitor to have your Will written, or have basic changes made to your Will. By taking advantage of this opportunity, you can choose to make a donation to Chailey Heritage Foundation instead of paying the usual fees that you would incur.

Read our full list of participating solicitors in Sussex and Kent, and details about the scheme at www.chf.org.uk/wills Limited appointments are available, so make sure you don’t miss out.

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