Over half of adults have not made a will

It may not be a new issue, but it's not getting any better. A recent survey by Prudential and Unbiased.co.uk has revealed that over half of adults (59 per cent) have not made a will. And for over-55s, 36 per cent have made no will, an increase on 2015, which suggests a worrying trend.

Reasons for not making a will include people waiting for when they were older, or wealthier, or assuming that their assets would go to the correct beneficiary when they die.  

Karen Barrett, chief executive at Unbiased.co.uk, says: "Property prices have gone up over the last year, and we can see from this data that the anticipated property value that people expect to leave behind has increased. It’s worrying that despite this people are still not taking steps to ensure their final wishes are adhered to."

November is Will Aid month, in which participating solicitors waive their fee in return for a voluntary donation to charity of a suggested £95 for a basic will or £150 for a pair of mirror wills. 

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