We all know the saying, ‘Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans’. However, with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is sometimes difficult to make any plans at all.
Why should I make a Will?
Few people would deny the sense in making a Will, and most of us have at one stage or another considered it, but many of us just don’t get around to the task. Everyday life seems to get in the way and besides, talking about death is a little depressing don’t you think?! Well, there is nothing morbid about making a Will – you can rest assured that it does not hasten the event!
In reality, taking a little time to plan how you would wish your assets to be distributed upon death and knowing that your family and children have been properly provided for as per your wishes goes some way to relieving the stresses and worries that many of us may have about death, particularly as we get older.
Essentially, by making a Will, you control who inherits and how much of your estate each of your chosen beneficiaries receive.
What if I have not made a Will?
If you have not made a Will, then laws made many years ago (which many people feel are now outdated) direct who the recipients of your estate will be. In today’s world, the patterns of family life are much more diverse and a family may include the following:-
Children by more than one partner
Long-term unmarried partners.
If you have not made a Will, these are all complicating factors. For example, if you are unmarried but have a long-term partner and child together, your child will inherit your estate if you die without a Will and NOT your partner. Yet most unmarried couples would wish, and expect, that their partner would be first in line to inherit, and their child second. If married, your partner moves to first in line but does not necessarily take all of your estate. Therefore, if you wish to have the reassurance that each and every member of your family is accounted for upon your death, making a Will is the best option for you.
Planning ahead can save you money and heartache, and most importantly will ensure you are in control of what happens after your death.
For more information on how to make a Will, please contact Linda Johnston, Karen Connolly or Ruth Flinn of our offices or alternatively call us on 028 9024 3901.