Posted on 9.10.15 by Tasoula Addison
It is official – using a solicitor is the best and most popular option to make a Will, research has shown.
Of course, we knew that all along – after all, our solicitors at Gorvins are:
- Professionally trained
- Experts in the field
- 5 of our Wills, Trusts and Probate solicitors are STEP Qualified (if you don’t know what STEP qualified means and why it’s important, then click here)
Use of will-writing services and banks declining
The research from will aid tells us that the percentage of people using a will-writer has declined from 17.9% in 2008 to 10.5% in 2015. Those using banks or other organisations have also fell from 8.7% in 2009 to 5.9% in 2015.
It is important to remember that since 2011, will-writing services, banks and other such organisations offering will services written by non-lawyers are NOT regulated. Thus, the Legal Ombudsman cannot investigate any complaints as wills written by non-lawyers are not covered in their remit.
The use of DIY wills is around 3%, which despite being a small number, is still too high in our eyes. These types of wills are very risky and are much more easily contestable than those drawn up by a professional solicitor. Do you really want to put all your possessions and assets into the hands of someone who is not a professional? Saving a few pennies by taking this option is really not worth the risk.
This tells us one thing: solicitors are the most secure way to draft a new will or update an existing one. Not only are they the most secure, but they are the best providers. Furthermore, if things to do wrong there is appropriate and suitable redress to keep you covered.
All adults need to make a Will
We know the majority of the population do not have a Will – almost 30 million people! Furthermore, around 9 million adults have updated their Will for 10 years or more, which means it may be out-dated and no longer fit for your current life.
Certain groups of people need to make a Will more than others:
- PARENTS – click here to see why on Mums in the Know
- SEPARATED ADULTS – being ‘separated’ but still married means your estate will be treated as if you’re still married should you die. This means your ex-partner could receive some or all of the estate.
- COHABITING COUPLES – couples who aren’t married who live together have no automatic right to inherit.
The intestacy rules are rigid and these are just a few situations where they may not work for you and are may not provide effectively for your loved ones left behind.
Message is ACT ON IT now, use a solicitor, get your affairs in order and take a deep sigh of relief when all is complete. Give one of our expert solicitors a call today to arrange a free consultation on 0343 507 5151 (standard landline number included in mobile minutes too) or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about our Act On it campaign, take a look at our webpage.