Making A Will

Maria Turner at Hopkins Law Solicitors in Cowbridge is encouraging people to consider the risks of not making a will. This follows new research revealing nearly half of UK adults aged over 30 who don’t have a will say it’s on their to-do list, with 43% saying it’s been on their to-do list for more than 12 months.

The research from The Association of Lifetime Lawyers shows that almost half (49%) of UK adults don’t have a will in place, meaning their wishes might not be carried out when they die.

The new data reveals 1 in 10 UK adults have started making a will but haven’t finished it, and nearly a third (32%) say they haven’t made a will because they don’t know how to get started. A quarter of people who have making a will on their to-do list, would prioritise watching TV over getting a will in place.

The Association of Lifetime Lawyers represents a community of the most qualified legal professionals in the UK supporting vulnerable and older people with expert advice and support.

Maria Turner

Maria Turner , Head of Private Client Matters at Hopkins Law says these worrying findings could leave many bereaved families distressed if their loved ones haven’t communicated their wishes legally through making a will. 

Maria said: “We all know how important this type of life admin is, but our research shows just how hard people find it to get started. It doesn’t need to take a long time to prepare or update your will, especially if you have an expert to guide you through the process. And it’s time well spent, reducing the burden on your loved ones after your death, and reducing the risk of disputes that can be costly in time and money to resolve.

“Many people think they’re too young to write a will, and understandably don’t like to think about the worst that could happen, but our members often have to deal with cases where a badly drafted or non-existent will has caused undue distress to those left behind.

“Our research shows 21% of wills are handwritten or have handwritten amendments which could make them illegible and therefore difficult to understand. To get your will right, it’s always safest to speak to a specialist, like an Accredited Lifetime Lawyer, who can help you plan for the future and communicate your wishes in the right way when making a will.

“It’s best practice to review and update your will every five years or when a major change in your life occurs that impacts you or your loved ones, such as a marriage or civil partnership, divorce or dissolution of a civil partnership, a new birth, a death in your family, or if you or one of your beneficiaries has obtained a Gender Recognition Certificate.”

The Association of Lifetime Lawyers

If you’re not sure where to get started with making a will, here’s some tips on things to consider:

The Association of Lifetime Lawyers (formerly known as Solicitors for the Elderly or SFE) is a membership body for legal professionals – our members are the most qualified lawyers in the country when it comes to supporting older people and those in vulnerable circumstances who may need extra help and support.

Lifetime Lawyers receive expert training and best practice guidance to offer the very best advice.

Citizen’s Advice Bureau

If you are unable to afford the cost of a solicitor, The Association of Lifetime Lawyers recommends seeking advice with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau – especially for complex wills.

Survey data (commissioned by The Association of Lifetime Lawyers). In February 2024, Censuswide polled 2,008 UK adults age 30+ for The Association of Lifetime Lawyers.

Contact our expert team of solicitors when thinking about updating or making a will, and let us help you move forward.

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