** This is a sponsored post from McCarthy and Stone. I received compensation for sharing this information, but I believe it is very important to consider the following for the well-being of your family.
Have you written a will to specify your wishes to your loved ones in the event of your passing? This is something that my husband and I have been putting on the back-burner for some time, but now that we have a child, it is imperative that we have this information in writing for his sake.
Willing your wishes
Many people tragically pass away every year but it’s surprising to realise that the majority of these people will have never made a will. While the subject of death is not always the lightest of topics, it is something that should be prepared for and uncertainties about what a deceased relative would have wanted can potentially cause conflict after they’re gone.
It is often something that is put off over and over again but making a will is essential to let your friends and relatives know your wishes, and what is to be done with your possessions after your passing. While it may be easy to assume that those close to you will know your wishes, without a will there is no legal proof of your plans and your estate may be assigned to whatever the law states in your circumstances.
The matter of life and death
Making a will is a matter of considering your assets and making decisions as to how you wish to assign those assets. There are many options: you may want to distribute your assets among your children, donate some money to charity, or assign your assets to the control of one person. The important thing is that the will must be completed correctly and legally to make it valid.
There are several ways to write a will – visit an appropriate solicitor, seek out a professional will writer or buy a will writing kit – whatever you choose, be sure to fill it in correctly. If parents or grandparents are looking to write a will, why not offer to accompany them to a solicitor to give support? Many find it difficult to consider their own mortality, so they may need someone to lean on for comfort during this emotionally difficult time.
Willing to plan for the future
Once a will is created it will give reassurance to know that in the circumstance that the person passes away, there will be no confusion as to their wishes. This could even prevent family disputes.
The number of people without a will is startlingly high, and as this can create all sorts of problems, you should put plans in place to write your will as soon as possible. It may not always be a palatable subject to consider, but confusion over your wishes is surely less desirable. With the will sorted out, you can concentrate on making your later years the best time of your life!