June 9, 2016

Law Society’s warning over dual dangers

Mr Smithers acknowledged that many adults tended to put off the trip to the solicitors to draft a will, but said any anxieties should be balanced against the risk of never getting round to making an appointment and dying intestate.

“Everyone knows that making a will is important to ensure that their wishes are carried out after their death, but it is all too easy to keep it at the bottom of the to-do list,” he said.

The Law Society has also reiterated its message that people should not be tempted by the DIY route, as attempting to draw up a document without the advice of an expert solicitor was an incredibly risky strategy.

“It is worth taking care over a will to make sure that you understand tax liabilities and property rights are properly addressed,” added Mr Smithers.

“Cheap offers can come at a high price - a badly written will can be financially and emotionally harmful for family and friends.

“A solicitor can help explain the complexities, help you avoid any pitfalls [and] help you avoid inadvertently leaving behind problems for loved ones.”

For legal advice on making or updating a will please contact Tony Millson and Deanna Hurst in Royds’ Private Client team.

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