If you’ve ever wondered whether you should make a will yet, we can help you.
Yes, you should. Absolutely.
And if you don’t believe us, read on. Here are six powerful reasons to make a will right now:
- Making a will is surprisingly simple. With a good virtual online will service – and there’s an outstanding one right here – you can even arrange a will online from the comfort of your home. Through telephone calls and e-mails, a virtual service delivers all the expert support you need, and all the advice you would receive in a face-to-face meeting, without any of the inconvenience. If you struggle to leave the house, or you simply don’t have the time, a virtual service will be ideal for you.
- Defining your wishes can be very simple too. Straightforward ‘mirror wills’, for example, are a pair of virtually identical documents for couples, in which each person simply leaves their estate (which is the entirety of your money and property at the time of your death) to the other person. Mirror wills can also be arranged through a virtual service, ideal for busy working couples.
- You’ll feel such peace of mind. Finally, you can relax, knowing your estate will be distributed according to your wishes.
- Your assumption your spouse or partner will ‘just take care of everything’ if you die is a mistake. What if your spouse dies at the same time as you? Don’t leave the future of your children in doubt; appoint a guardian in a will.
- Without a will, your so-called ‘common law spouse’ might have no rights at all to your estate. Unmarried couples do not have the same automatic legal rights as married couples, regardless of how long they have been living together. If you have a ‘common law spouse’ but die without a will (‘intestate’), the rules of intestacy dictate your assets will pass not to your ‘spouse’ but to your closest blood relatives.
- Your existing will no longer reflects your wishes. Situations and relationships change, meaning the people you love now might be emotionally hurt, or suffer financial hardship, if your will is out-of-date. And remember, you cannot just change a signed and witnessed will. You must make an official alteration (called a ‘codicil’) or a new will.
Although making a will can be surprisingly easy, never take the matter lightly. Don’t just casually complete a do-it-yourself will kit you bought at your local stationery store. Imagine making costly mistakes that only became apparent after your death. It’s a heartbreaking thought that your final wishes would not be met. Always seek professional support when making a will.