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Survey shows unwillingness to make will persists in UK culture

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The American comedian Woody Allen once said: “I’m not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”

It appears from a new survey about making Wills that this is a mind-set shared with many here in the UK, who want to put off facing their own mortality as long as possible.

The research carried out by Remember a Charity, a body encouraging charitable donations in Wills, has found out that the average Briton waits until his or her 70s before facing their mortality.

To be precise 72 is the average age that most people finally get around to drawing up a document that has a huge impact on those left behind.

To add to this one in five people over the age of 50 are yet to discuss their Will with their family or friends, with men more reticent to bring up the topic than women, according to the findings.

We cannot say that these statistics particularly surprise us as professionals who draw up Wills, but what it does highlight is just how fine some people cut it, when the average man in the UK lives to 77 and woman 81.

It is fair to say this reluctance to face mortality is why so many people die each year intestate, which means without a Will.

Only a third of people make a Will before they die, despite the need for Wills being greater than ever.

The issue is two-fold, first making a Will is seldom urgent and therefore tends to be put off, and secondly there is reluctance by many people to face the uncomfortable fact that they are not going to be here for ever.

Many thousands across the region pass away without a Will and where that happens there are strict rules dating back to 1925, when family structures were less complicated than today.

The problem is that the world is very different now. It is common these days for couples to live together and perhaps have children without marrying. There may be offspring from other relationships too and perhaps one of the parties may even still be legally married to someone else. It’s very complex.

We need people to help their loved ones at what will be one of the most traumatic times in their lives as the last thing loved ones need when they are grieving is a family falling out.

It is easy to do, and there is really not any excuse for not doing it. For the good of your family it really makes sense to do it as soon as possible, thereby putting a lot of loved ones minds at ease.

Anyone wishing to find out more about Wills should contact us at Pearcelegal.

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