9 Feb 2016
Blissfully loved-up couples planning on tying the knot this year should change their will to reflect their new circumstances.
Many people are not aware that getting married automatically invalidates your will unless appropriate steps have been taken.
That means if you don’t update it, you might as well have no will at all and would die intestate.
Meanwhile, the 30 million UK adults who do not have a will in the first place should make legally drafting their final wishes a priority or risk leaving a painful legacy for loved ones.
Hegarty is a member of the Law Society’s Wills & Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS), which provides a best practice quality mark for wills and estate administration advice that consumers can trust.
Greg Baker, Partner and Head of the Wills, Trusts and Probate Department at Hegarty said “Valentine’s Day may be the most romantic day of the year, but it is also the perfect time to protect your loved ones by ensuring your will is up to date.
No one likes to think too carefully about their own demise, but ensuring your final wishes are made clear and legally recognised is the perfect way to protect your loved ones from unnecessary stress after you are gone.
We would encourage people to use a professional, regulated solicitor when making a will to ensure your will is valid and adequately protects those you leave behind.”