According to recent research, more than half of all adults in Scotland do not have a will. If you are one of that number, then there is no time like the present, for taking action.
If you die without having written a will, your estate will be distributed in accordance with the strict rules and laws of intestacy. This may mean that your estate would not be distributed as you would have liked. The administration of your estate may also be more complex and expensive as a result. Making a will is the only way to ensure that your estate is distributed amongst those whom you hold dear, cost effectively, and by an Executor of your choice, appointed by you.
Research suggests that the main reason people have not made a will, is simply because they have not gotten around to it yet. Considering one’s own mortality can be difficult, and young adults often believe that will-making is something to be attended to later in life. As a young adult, however, you may wish to consider appointing guardians for your children, if you die before they reach 18. The only way to do so, is to make a will. Do you live with a partner? Unmarried partners do not automatically inherit from each other’s estates unless set out in their wills. Cohabitee claims on death must be made by way of court actions within short timescales, and are by no means certain to succeed to the extent the deceased may have wished.
Some people are put off by the potential cost of instructing a solicitor to make a will on their behalf. However, at Millen Solicitors we offer competitive rates, and legal aid is available to those who meet the qualifying criteria. Legal aid is often available to those over the age of 65 years, even those with modest savings.
During November, our team will be providing will writing services for free, and encouraging our clients to make a donation in lieu of fees, to Will Aid. Will Aid is a British charity, founded in 1988, and is a special partnership between the legal profession and nine of the UK’s best loved charities. Together, we can raise vital funds for these wonderful causes, while clients, at the same time, can rest easy, knowing that their affairs are in order.
These are the amazing charities your Will Aid donations will benefit.