For most of us, making a Will is something we would really prefer not to think about. It’s importance however cannot be over emphasised. Why would you allow the rules which the Law sets out to decide what happens to everything you own? It’s your property and YOU should be the one to decide who takes charge of it and how it will be distributed. There may be some particular items of personal belongings, furniture or jewellery which you would like to leave to certain members of your family or to close friends. You may wish to leave specific amounts of money to certain individuals or charities. Who gets your estate should be entirely up to you and this is easily achieved by setting out your intentions in the form of a Will.
If you die without a valid Will, your entire assets are “frozen” until such time as someone is appointed to take charge of your estate and divide it in accordance with the Law of Intestacy. (In legal terms, if you die without a Will, you are said to have died “intestate”). Friends and charities cannot benefit.
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