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What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

Thinking about what could happen after you are gone is never going to be the most cheerful of topics. It often feels easier to ignore rather than to confront and make plans for it. As [...]

At Truth Legal, we believe private client services and advice should be provided with compassion and in a cost-effective manner. We understand that thinking, let alone discussing and planning for the eventuality of your death can be extremely overwhelming and stressful. However, ensuring your affairs are in order is crucial and can offer you and your family peace of mind. We are committed to guiding you through this process with upmost empathy and to tailoring our services to your needs.

Why is a Will important?

Your will is one of the most important documents you will ever prepare. It deals with what happens to all your money and assets after your death. In your will, you will specify who you would like to deal with all the formalities after you pass away and who will eventually receive all your money and possessions. A well-drafted will safeguards your wishes with regards to how your assets and possessions are distributed, but can also be used to give instruction over guardianship of children, how you want your funeral to proceed and how you wish your organs and/or body to be used in the interests of science. Preparing your will now can save your family a lot of hassle and distress at a difficult time, and can also reduce your Inheritance Tax bill.

Read our article Making A Will In The UK – Here’s Everything You Need To Know to find out more.

What happens if I don’t have a will?

If you don’t make a will you are leaving your family vulnerable to more heartache and distress in sorting out your estate in the event of your death. It is possible that your assets and finances could be placed in the possession of a distant relative or an ex-partner, rather than in the safe care of your loved ones and in line with what you would have wanted. Strict and well-established laws surround the division and allocation of a person’s estate in the event that a will is not in place, so it is dangerous to assume that everything will be allocated in line with your wishes, if there is no valid will in place.

How Truth Legal can help you make a will

A will needs to be made out correctly and fairly in order to be legally binding. We believe everyone should have access to legal advice in this respect to put their affairs in order and, therefore, we are dedicated to providing specialist and empathetic help to the highest standards of service, and at affordable prices. Anyone is free to make a will, but there are certain conditions imposed to ensure it is legal and valid, and Truth Legal can assist you with this process. We can ensure that the will is made without undue pressure, and by a suitable person.

This means you must:

  • Be over 18 years’ old and of sound mind
  • Have made it voluntarily without pressure from external or concerned parties
  • Put the will in writing
  • Sign the will in the presence of two witnesses, also over 18
  • Have the will signed by two witnesses, in your presence.

Call Truth Legal today on 01423 788538 to arrange your will and we can talk through your background and the information we will require. Making a will is a quick and simple process but we can ensure it is carried out correctly in order to provide the peace of mind you and your family are ultimately looking for.