Why make a Will during the RUH Make a Will Month?

Harris and Harris are very proud to support The Forever Friends Appeal by participating in their RUH Will Month scheme again this September.  Below, find out how making a Will is the only way to ensure that your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes.

But simply – if you do not make a Will then Intestacy Rules will apply to your estate which means that it will be distributed according to the law and may not go to the people you intended.

It is important to note that the Intestacy Rules do not currently recognise co-habitees who are not married or in a civil partnership.  If you live with your partner and die without having made a Will, your partner will not automatically inherit your estate meaning it could pass to your surviving family.  Your partner may then have to make a claim on your estate for financial provision.

A Will is also very important if you have children as you may wish to consider appointing guardians for young children.  If you die without appointing an official guardian then you are putting then the court will need to appoint a guardian of its own choosing. This may not be the person you would chose to look after your children.

Having your Will drafted by a properly qualified professional, means you can ensure that your estate passes to those people or charities in accordance with your wishes.  A proper understanding of succession law and family matters is essential in the preparation of Wills.  When you book an appointment with Harris and Harris, we will discuss your requirements and provide you with legal advice appropriate to your needs.

By making your Will during Make a Will Month, not only do you benefit from professional advice, you are also helping your local hospital.