Research findings: 90% of adults aged 35 to 44 don’t have a Will leaving their families vulnerable to hardship and legal disputes

Our recent survey of just over 2000 UK adults revealed a worrying gap in legal protection, especially amongst people aged under 65.

Only 41% of those surveyed said they had made a Will and of those, 45% were aged 65 or over. This means that a significant number of people in the age groups most likely to have both assets and dependents don’t have a Will.

In particular, 90% of people aged 35 to 44 and 83% of those aged 45 to 54 don’t have a Will. Not having a Will in place when you die means that intestacy laws will determine how your assets are distributed, regardless of what your wishes may have been. This can lead to delays in getting matters sorted, causing stress and hardship for the people left behind and sometimes even legal disputes.

Interestingly, the same survey asked which employee benefits were valued the most and help with preparing legal documents, such as Wills was rated as valuable by 83% of respondents. This suggests if employers were to provide a Wills service as a benefit, more adults would make one and so protect the interests of their loved ones.

Read the full findings here.

For more information about our Wills preparation service, please don’t hesitate to call 020 8731 2424 or email emma@epoq.co.uk