01 June, 2006
Making a Will is the surest way anyone has of providing for others after their death. However, many people do not have a Will, leading to complicated problems for their family to deal with when they die. Unfortunately many people do not make a Will believing that everything will automatically pass to their surviving husband or wife. This is not necessarily the case and depends on a number of factors. If you do not make a Will and you die "intestate" there are fixed rules which determine how your estate will be divided up amongst your family after your death. This could result in your estate passing to people who you would not like to benefit. If you are not married, but are cohabiting then your partner may well get nothing.
If you are married and have no children and do not make Wills it is likely that all of the estate may pass to the family to the second to die with nothing going to the family of the one who dies first.
It is very important for you to have a will if you are in a second marriage or a second relationship with a new partner, where one or both of you have children from a first marriage or relationship.
Things to think about when making a Will: