Valentine sweethearts urged to update their will
Blissfully loved-up couples planning on tying the knot this year should change their will to reflect their new circumstances.
Griffith Smith Farrington Webb says many people are not aware that getting married automatically invalidates your will.
That means if you don’t update it, you might as well have no will at all and would die intestate.
Meanwhile, the 30 million* UK adults who do not have a will in the first place should make legally drafting their final wishes a priority or risk leaving a painful legacy for loved ones.
Griffith Smith Farrington Webb is a member of the Law Society’s Wills & Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS), which provides a best practice quality mark for wills and estate administration advice that consumers can trust.
Nadia Cowdrey, LLP Partner and Head of the Tax, Trust & Estate Department says;
“Valentines Day may be the most romantic day of the year, but we urge couples to come down from the clouds for a minute and focus on the practical matters.
“No one likes to think too carefully about their own demise, but ensuring your final wishes are made clear and legally recognised is the most important gesture you can offer your loved one.”
To find a solicitor to help you prepare a will, visit the Find a Solicitor website. It allows you to search a database of 140,000 solicitors across the country. It can help you find a qualified, insured solicitor, who is trained to spot and address the issues that could lead to trouble for you later on.
Nadia Cowdrey continued:
“Consumers need to be able to distinguish between those who are unregulated, uninsured and untrained, and solicitors who offer a quality service.
“The Law Society’s consumer campaign – ‘Use a professional. Use a solicitor‘ – supports this and encourages people to use a professional, regulated solicitor when making a will.”
*Law Society research
For more details on the Law Society Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS), visit the website.