A new study by Macmillan Cancer Support UK reveals that over half of UK adults have not written a Will. Local law firm Voisin is responding by launching a campaign on Valentines Day to encourage people to look after loved ones.
They are calling on couples to think more long term than ‘roses and chocolates’ and instead consider their future plans together. Those considering marriage on Valentines Day are also being encouraged to think about getting a Will in place as the rights of a spouse come into play.
Over 1,000 people were surveyed by Macmillan Cancer Support UK. The study showed that the single biggest reason for people to write a Will is having a family, yet 56% of adults have not written one.
By writing a Will you can be sure your estate goes to the people you want it to after you die. A Will can also include provisions for guardianship, funeral arrangements and gifts to charities or friends. Dying without a Will means your assets will be divided according to the rules of intestacy. In Jersey this means unmarried partners get nothing.
Anne Hembry, Head of Wills and Probate, Voisin law firm, urges people to take action:
‘Any change of circumstance in family should trigger you to make or review your Will. This could be marriage, the birth of children or grandchildren for example. Two-thirds of people in Jersey die intestate, which means their assets are not necessarily going to who they would intend. We are using Valentines Day to highlight the Macmillan figures and urge people to make Wills to ensure that their assets pass according to their wishes, and to include gifts to causes close to their heart.’
Voisin law firm is offering 20% of the cost of making or amending your Will during February 2013. Please quote ‘Valentine’ to take advantage of this offer.
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