Why do I need a Will?

Having a Will protects your loved ones and having a Will is the only way to make sure your assets pass on to those you wish to benefit.
If you have no Will, then the laws of intestacy apply. This is when the courts will decide where your assets go. (Intestacy or dying intestate means dying without a Will).

Without a Will…

There is no guarantee those you would wish to benefit will actually do so.
Your civil partner / spouse will not automatically inherit ALL of your estate.

“Common Law” partners may not receive anything.

Young children may be taken into care whilst Guardians are appointed.
There might be lengthy delays for your beneficiaries and disputes.
The vast majority of people put off making a Will for a variety of reasons. The reality is that you can put off making a Will until it is too late. Having no Will poses all sorts of problems for the people left behind and could mean that your inheritance either goes to the wrong person or to the state through the laws of instestacy.