No one wants to leave their partner with a complex legal issue, but if you are an unmarried couple there is no “common law” equivalent to a legal marriage. Should a person die without a will, their possessions may fall to family whom they have not spoken to for years, rather than the loved one they have resided with for decades.
Writing a will removes doubt surrounding your wishes, and lets you leave suitable provision for your partner, giving them security during what will be a very difficult time.
Even if you are married, having a written will allows you to determine other gifts that you may wish to leave the rest of your family. From financial trusts for your grandchildren, to leaving a bequest to your favourite charity, and ensuring that Auntie Irene’s necklace goes to your daughter, having a will clearly sets out your wishes for your possessions after you are gone.
Having a will helps solicitors and family during times of sudden illness. You can appoint a trusted individual to be given “power of attorney”, meaning that should you be incapacitated they can make decisions about your medical care, including any end of life care that you may need. You can also set out any wishes you have for your funeral, and name the people you wish to act as executors of your will, as they will work with your solicitor to make sure that your wishes are followed promptly and appropriately.
Although legal provision is made for people who pass away without writing a will, the laws around “intestacy” are complex, and can lead to months of anxiety for family members. Contact Direct Will Trusts today, and we can help you take the first steps to stopping that anxiety.