A recent Law Society survey showed that 7% of respondents made or updated their will during the first UK lockdown.
On first reading this enforced 'downtime' as well as bringing into sharper focus our own mortality would appear to have given many people the time to do what we all know we should but don't - make or review existing wills.
Although encouraging the survey goes on to show however that well over half (59%) of those surveyed said they did not have a will and just 29% said they have an up-to-date will which reflects their current intentions.
As the president of the Law Society of England and Wales, David Greene said "the coronavirus pandemic has made people reflect on how vital it is to make sure their loved ones are taken care of if they were to die."
David Greene added: "It is hugely encouraging so many people have made wills during the first UK lockdown, but the fact remains that the overwhelming majority of the UK public do not have an up-to-date will as we enter the second wave of COVID-19 cases."
“Many people are unaware of the chaos they can leave behind if they do not make a will or regularly update one to reflect their current wishes.
“If someone dies without making a will – also known as dying intestate – the law determines how much of their estate their spouse, children and other relatives will inherit. Under intestacy laws, unmarried partners and close friends cannot inherit, meaning loved ones could be left with nothing.
“Writing a legally valid will with the help of an expert solicitor ensures people’s estates are inherited exactly as they would choose and can prevent a whole raft of problems landing on loved ones when they are grieving".
As always time will tell but what we can all be certain of is that there never is nor will there ever will be the 'perfect' time to make or review your will.........
“The coronavirus pandemic has made people reflect on how vital it is to make sure their loved ones are taken care of if they were to die.”