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‘Wills awareness’ increases

More people in Lancashire asked for help making a Will last year than in the previous 12 months, a solicitor is reporting.

Kathryn Harwood, head of Wills & Estate Planning at Napthens solicitors, revealed that the number of new instructions for making a Will increased during 2015.

This is in line with national figures from Wills Aid which show, for instance, that the number of 25 to 34-year-olds making Wills doubled from 11.6 per cent in 2013 to 23.2 per cent in 2015.

Kathryn reported that this may be because awareness of the importance of making a Will is increasing, but warned that there are still too many people who do not have one.

She explained: “It is great news that such an important message is becoming increasingly effective – it is so important to make a Will as this is the only way to truly ensure that an estate is properly dealt with after death.

“However, there are still 30 million adults in the UK with no Will – Law Society statistics add that 65 per cent of people in the North West don’t have one, as opposed to 48 per cent in the South West.

“The Law Society also reveals that more than 10 per cent of people have written a Will themselves or using an online service which may be invalid if worded incorrectly.

“These figures demonstrate just how important it is to not only make a Will, but also to have it reviewed regularly. We suggest every five years or when there has been a major change in circumstances such as the birth of a new child.”

Wills and Probate - head of Wills and Probate - Kathryn Harwood