If you don’t make one, you can be sure of bequeathing your loved ones a real mess. Dying ‘intestate’ can trigger arguments and even split families apart.
Almost half of adults have not yet made a will, according to research carried out for The Observer by Co-op Legal Services. It found that just 53% had put down in writing what they wanted to happen in the event of their death.
It’s not a job anyone relishes, but if you die without leaving a will, you could leave costs and complications for your loved ones to deal with, alongside a great deal of heartache.
“There’s a common misconception that only the supremely wealthy need a will, but everyone should have one – even if you’ve not got much to give,” says Hannah Maundrell from website Money.co.uk. “Writing a will doesn’t have to cost a fortune and it won’t take long. Whatever your circumstances, it’s definitely worth doing. If not, you risk leaving your grieving family with a whole host of problems.”