Fiona Mainwaring, the experienced wills and probate specialist at the leading Shropshire law firm, said research showed that another one in ten people had a will but hadn't told anyone where it was kept.
"The research from FTAdviser.com also showed that two thirds of parents with children under five had not made wills, which is a particular concern. Writing a will is considered by some people to be a little morbid or just something they put off doing, but it really is a vital part of everyday life."
Fiona said it was extremely important that once a will was written, it was reviewed regularly, especially after a change in circumstances such as marriage, divorce, a house move, or a new baby arrived.
"A will can be revoked by marriage or divorce, so the onus is on the will writer to keep their documents up-to-date if their family situation changes. And although home-made wills are available over the internet, it's a key document that can affect the rest of your family's life, so think carefully about whether you're happy to rely on something that has not been drawn up professionally.
"A valid will ensures there are no misunderstandings after your death, and that your wishes will be carried out. Don't just assume that everything you own will go to your nearest relatives - if you don't leave a will that's correctly drawn up, you could find your hard-earned savings and property are swallowed up by the Government."
Martin Kaye LLP is one of Shropshire’s leading law firms and one of the West Midlands’ fastest growing legal practices. As well as writing wills, they also can act as professional executors, offer advice on succession planning, living wills, probate, inheritance disputes, lasting Powers of Attorney, Court of Protection Applications and help with charitable gifts.
To find out more about their will writing services and to see the wide range of other legal services that they offer, follow this link: http://www.martinkaye.co.uk/
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Martin-Kaye LLP is one of the West Midlands fastest growing legal practices. Based in Telford, the firm boasts a number of specialist departments with a particular focus on commercial and business law.