Believe it or not but more than two thirds of people in this country don't have a Will (only about three in ten of us have actually made a Will).
We love stories of surprise windfalls or bitter disinheritance but, presumably, we all think it only happens to other people. When it comes to our own affairs we seem to think that burying our heads in the sand is a better alternative than making adequate provision for our friends and loved ones.
Did you know that in 2010 the Treasury gained £53 million from people who died intestate, ie without having made a Will? In 2009, the figure was even higher, £76 million!
Despite these figures and the disinheritance and family fallout stories we all love hearing about, we, as a society, still don’t want to make a Will. We don’t like thinking about our mortality or that or our nearest and dearest. It’s a depressing prospect but it happens to all of us at the end of the day.
If you want your money to go to the right people (your chosen relatives, friends or your favourite charities) the rule is simple: MAKE A WILL!
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Head of Private Client Department, Senior Solicitor
Lilian qualified in 1984 and joined the firm in 2008. Lilian has practiced throughout the North East of England. Lilian has amassed a wealth of experience in all aspects of private client law although she now specialises in Trusts/Asset Preservation, Wills and Probate and Powers of Attorney. Lilian has over 30 year post qualification experience.
Lindsay joined the firm in 2009 and qualified in 2010. Lindsay specialises in Wills and Probate, Trusts/Asset Preservation and Powers of Attorney. Lindsay has over 5 years post qualification experience.
Greg qualified in 2003 and joined the firm in 2012. Greg specialises in property law although he also deals with wills, probate and estate administration work. Greg has over 15 years post qualification experience.
Angela joined the firm in 2011 and qualified in 2012. Angela assists Lilian Clark and Lindsay Goodson with Wills and Probate, Trusts/Asset Preservation and services for older clients. Angela has over 5 years post qualification experience.