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Is writing a will on your to do list? You can start today.

Writing a will is a task many of us know we need to do but often put off. Following research from The Association of Lifetime Lawyers, nearly half of UK adults aged over 30 who don’t have a will say it’s on their to-do list, with 43% saying it’s been on their to-do list for more than 12 months.

The new data reveals 1 in 10 UK adults have started writing a will but haven’t finished it, and nearly a third (32%) say they haven’t made a will because they don’t know how to get started. A quarter of people who have making a will on their to-do list, would prioritise watching TV over getting a will in place.

At Morgan LaRoche Solicitors, we provide some of the most qualified legal professionals ready to provide expert advice and support for all sectors of our community, including the vulnerable and older of us.

These worrying findings could leave many bereaved families distressed if their loved ones haven’t communicated their wishes legally through writing a will. We all know how important this type of life admin is, but research by The Association of Lifetime Lawyers shows just how hard people find it to get started. It doesn’t need to take a long time to prepare or update your will, especially if you have an expert to guide you through the process. And it’s time well spent, reducing the burden on your loved ones after your death, and reducing the risk of disputes that can be costly in time and money to resolve.

Many hesitate to write a will, feeling they’re too young or reluctant to consider life’s uncertainties. We often deal with cases where a badly drafted or non-existent will has caused undue distress to those left behind.

According to The Association of Lifetime Lawyers, 21% of written wills are handwritten or have handwritten amendments which could make them illegible and therefore difficult to understand. To get your will right, it’s always safest to speak to a specialist, like an Accredited Lifetime Lawyer, who can help you plan and communicate your wishes in the right way.

It’s best practice to write, review and update your will every five years or when a major change in your life occurs that impacts you or your loved ones, such as a marriage or civil partnership, divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, a new birth, a death in your family, or if you or one of your beneficiaries has obtained a Gender Recognition Certificate.

Speak with our specialists, make sure that you retain control over the succession of your personal wealth. Contact us to discuss how we can help you further.