We believe that everyone should have a legally robust Will.
It is one of the most important documents a person may ever own.
WHY DO YOU NEED A WILL?
Making a Will is the only way to ensure that your wishes are carried out after your death. If you have not made a valid Will, your property will pass accounting to the Law of Intestacy.
WHO NEEDS A WILL?
You need to make a WILL if you are:
LAWS OF INTESTACY
This is where the term of somone dying "intestate" comes from. The laws of intestacy set out a hierarcy of distriubtion of an estate where a person dies without having a valid Will.
Only married or civil partners, and some other close relatives can inherit under the rules of Intestacy.
For unmarried couples, same-sex couples not in a civil partnership, those who have recently divorced, are no longer in a civil partnership, or relations by marriage i.e. stepchildren and cohabitees are not automatically entitled to inherit anything from the deceased estate. For those couples who are separated but still not divorced, or divorce proceedings have not completed, the ex-partner could still inherit.
The laws of Intestacy prescribes particular values of distribution to those family members who are eligible to inherit. This may not be what you would have wished, and the only way to ensure your estate is distributed to whom you wish and in the amounts you wish, is to make a Will.