Family feuds over Wills are increasing greatly with many of the public failing to have their affairs in order before they pass away.
Figures for courtdisputes over Wills have more than doubled since 2006, and show no signs of abating.
Sadly, hugely costly and destructive battles over deceased estates are something we are seeing more of at Pearcelegal and in some cases these could be avoided.
More complicated family structures are a major contributory factor in this. In many families, one or both partners will have had previous relationships. Perhaps they will have been married before. Perhaps they may not be married to their current partner, but have children together as well as children from previous relationships.
This creates a problem, which means Wills need to be kept right up to date. Often this doesn’t happen as making a Will seldom seems urgent especially among younger people, and therefore it tends to be put off.
Every year many people die without a Will, known as dying intestate, and where that happens there are strict rules which set out who is entitled to your estate. Whilst these rules have recently been updated, there is still no account for non-matrimonial relationships, so those living with someone they are not legally married to, will getnothing from a partner’s estate unless a Will has been made. There is also no provision for step-children.
People need to help their loved ones at what will be one of the most difficult times whilst they are grieving. Loved ones need as much help as possible when they are still grieving their loss and a family falling out is extremely difficult.
The public need to realise they have very little protection if a poorly drafted Will is drawn up.
Unfortunately, there are many cheap Wills online, or offered by non-regulated providers who may not carry any insurance or may no longer be in business by the time a problem with a Will comes to light.
Due to the large sums involved, and the reassurance of peace of mind means using a well-respected, local firm of solicitors is still by far the best route. Also, you will be protected by professional indemnity insurance in the unlikely circumstance there is a problem with a solicitor-drawn Will.
It really is very simple. All those uneasy hearing this should seize the moment and arrange an appointment.
Anyone wishing to speak to Pearcelegal, Solihull about law issues can do so on 0121 270 2700
Amy Lloyd, Pearcelegal Law Expert