Dying Matters...

13th May 2020 Wills, Trusts & Estate Planning

This year Dying Matters week will run from the 11th to the 17th of May. The focus of the week is “Dying to be Heard”, in the hope that this will encourage people to talk about death and the practical aspects of getting ready for it, but that importantly it will also encourage others to listen to them.

It is understandably extremely difficult to talk about death, and for others to listen, and an important aspect of death is making a Will. Often, it is too easy to dodge that all important conversation about a Will with a joke or a “maybe later”. However, by having a Will in place, we can make things just that little bit easier for our family and friends left behind after we have gone.

Sadly, over 60% of us do not have a Will in place when we die, which leaves our loved ones wondering what we would have wanted as well as having to follow the Intestacy Rules as to who gets what, whether or not that matches with what you would have wanted.

I often hear people say that they don’t need to put a Will in place because “everyone knows what I want to happen”.  Whether they do or not, they have no choice.  If you have not left a Will, your estate must be distributed following the Intestacy Rules, which do not include unmarried partners, step-children or your favourite charities. 

Another excuse I hear is that I don’t want to think about something so negative.  Putting a Will in place is actually a really positive act.  You are setting out what you want to happen and providing guidance for those who will have to deal with your affairs after you’ve gone.

Putting a Will in place doesn’t need to be complicated or take very long to do, but by doing so, you can put your own mind at rest as well as helping your loved ones to deal with their grief more easily. At JMW Solicitors, we are here to listen, and to reassure you that you don’t need to be an expert on Wills or estate planning, you simply need to get in touch.

JMW Solicitors can offer you a free review of your current Will to ensure it reflects your wishes, or assist you with drafting a new Will.

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Joe Cobb is a Partner and Head of Department located in Manchesterin our Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning department

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