Every individual over the age of eighteen should have a Will, whether or not they are rich or poor, male or female, single or married. Here are some reasons why:
A Family can suffer acute financial hardship because of the delays in dealing with the estate of a person who has not made a Will, these delays can often run into years.
The estate of anyone who has died as a result of an accident will almost certainly benefit from a substantial court or insurance claim, much or all of which could go to the wrong people.
Thousands of small heirlooms and treasures are lost to the auction rooms every year because no one can decide who should have them. Your Will protects your heritage.
Banks, Building Societies and Insurance Companies hold millions of pounds belonging to people who are almost certainly dead-because their families are not aware a Will exists
Family arguments nearly always arise over who should get personal belongings and what type of funeral should be arranged, it is unfair to thrust theses decisions upon a grieving family.
Millions of pounds are unnecessarily paid in Inheritance Tax (death duties) because a Will has not been drawn up.
Hospitals lose the opportunity to make use of valuable organs for transplant because no one is sure of the wishes of the deceased person.
Most people would rather their money went to a Charity than to the taxman if they have no one to leave it to, this can only happen through a Will.