Previous research by the Fellowship of Professional Willwriters and Probate Practitioners found that a high percentage of people aged 18-30 are yet to write a will, with one of the key reasons being a lack of understanding of the law.
So what are the misconceptions?
My husband will get everything anyway – This almost always is not the case and people should not assume that their husband, wife or civil partner will automatically get everything if they do not take the time to make a will. The state will decide how much inheritance a surviving spouse will receive under a complex set of rules called the intestacy rules.
I have nothing to leave This may be the case now but things can change. Also a will can set out the appointment of guardians for infant or disabled children, the appointment of executors and trustees and it can set our specific gifts and funeral arrangements.
My common law wife will get it all – People often believe that living together automatically makes their partner eligible for inheritance if they should die, but unless it is written in a will this is not so. Surprisingly, according to law, there is no such person as a common law spouse. If you are not married or not in a civil partnership, your partner may have to make a claim through the courts.
My children will be looked after- If someone has older children from a previous marriage, they will not necessarily inherit from their parent’s estate, so it is important that they too are included in the will to ensure they will be looked after too.
My family will sort things out – Although this is can work well, it is not always recommended as it is a highly stressful job and not always suited to someone who may have been recently bereaved. When writing a will it may be advisable to choose the executor with care.
Rita Leat, president of The Fellowship, had the following to say;
"I can understand that a lot of people are dubious when it comes to writing a will; they don’t want to think about their demise and the whole process can be difficult to get to grips with. It’s crucial that people start getting their facts straight in this area, as too many families fall apart due to a loved one’s misunderstandings.
"The Fellowship is the only organisation to offer a suite of willwriting qualifications in conjunction with Edexcel, the countrys largest awarding body. It is important that the public use a professionally trained and qualified willwriter, as unfortunately there are too many cases in where people are victims of rogue will writers."
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The Fellowship of Professional Willwriters and Probate Practitioners is a non-profit making organisation which has been created due to a genuine passion for the willwriting industry to become a profession, by offering its members the opportunity to turn willwriting from a job into a profession which the consumer can trust.
The BTEC qualifications were launched on 27th October at The Strand London, with guest speakers Lorely Burt, MP who has strong views about regulation; young entrepreneur Tom Mursell- Founder of Not Going To Uni; Isabel Sutcliffe Director of Accreditation, Edexcel; Paul Broad, Chair of the Regulatory Board and Rita Leat, President and CEO, The Fellowship.