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14/11/2019

The ‘death wellness’ trend and 10 reasons why you should have a will

The words ‘death’ and ‘wellness’ don’t often go hand in hand, but right now it’s a movement which is changing how people spend their last chapter.

For the first time, dying is being revolved around positive conversations and carefully thought-out plans for the future.

From making the experience more accepted, to setting out funeral plans, people are now actively exploring death as part of a mentally healthy life.

Funerals are now becoming less about mourning and more about a ‘celebration’ of someone’s life, and creating a will can make that a lot more possible.

At Watermans Legal, we understand that it is an emotional time following the death of a relative or friend.

Our team can assist with this process from start to finish, dealing with everything from registering the Will and valuing the estate to applying for Confirmation and distributing the estate.

The process and level of work involved will depend on whether the person had a Will or not and what assets they had at the time of their death.

Here, our company founder Donald Wright gives you the top ten reasons why you should create a will using our expert solicitors.

1. It is not tempting fate to complete a Will. Quite the opposite. It’s good housekeeping because not having a Will can amount to delay, disorder and added distress for relatives.

2.      Don’t leave a mess behind, particularly if you have a complex family set up. A 30 minute session with a good lawyer to address your inheritance plans is a smart move.

3.      Making a Will is not a massive form-filling exercise. It can be done with one 15-30 minute meeting. But we are happy to take more time where required.

4.      What will actually happen to your assets on death? Embrace the winding up process. The Will is step one, winding up your estate on death is the next stage.

5.      In a Will, it’s okay to set out any readings or songs for your funeral. You can prevent the awkward conversations with loved ones by penning them in your will.

6.      Think about costs, for example, the funeral costs and ask about tax. It’s worthwhile knowing about Nil Rate Band, spouse NRB and residence nil rate band.

7.      Learn about care home costs and how they are met from your income and allowances. Will your house need to be sold?

8.      Don’t be nervous about meeting us. And bear in mind that Will Aid means that your payment will go to charity.

9.      Will and Power of Attorney are not just for the retired. All adults can and should participate.

10. The absence of a will can lead to family disputes.

Book a meeting with us today to find out more.


Posted by Lisa Boyle