Death and mortality isn’t something we like to discuss with our loved ones.
But failing to prepare for an unexpected death or illness could leave your family and friends with a number of issues to tackle, including dividing up your estate and arranging for the care of dependents.
Writing a will and arranging power of attorney are two simple processes that can ensure your wishes are met after your passing – something which estate planning professionals ILAWS encourage every Scot to consider.
55-year-old Elaine McLaren organised to write her will with ILAWSSOCTLAND, in February this year, after a previous version turned out to be invalid.
“ILAWS got in touch with me because I had used another company to write my will, and the company director had been jailed for fraud,” explained Elaine.
“They asked if I would like someone to come out to my home free of charge to go through my existing will. They were finding that a lot of other clients with this company had had their will written for English Law and there were other mistakes too.”
Worried her estate planning wasn’t accurate, Elaine agreed to have her will reviewed and was soon glad of her choice.
She said: “The ILAWS representative came out to the house and went through my will and my husband’s.
“It turned out that what we thought was in our will actually wasn’t – it was eye-opening and definitely worth having them coming to sort everything out.
“If they hadn’t called about this other company, I would have been none the wiser until the time came that my will needed to be used.”
She added: “Before the consultation, I was told the representative’s name and when they would arrive so I was up-to-date and knew who I was opening the door to.
“I was totally up to speed and knew it wasn’t just someone walking in off the street.”
ILAWS offer advice on wills, protected property trusts, children’s trusts, living wills and power of attorney, and have more than 30 years of experience working in Scotland.
Free consultations can be arranged either at your home or in one of their Glasgow-based offices.
Elaine was pleased with the service she received from ILAWS, and went on to recommend the service to her elderly parents, and her sister is now also thinking about writing her own will.
“I’m so happy with the service – I can’t fault them at all,” said Elaine, an admin assistant from Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire.
“Everything was all done and dusted within a month, and my mum and dads were also complete within a fortnight.
“If I hear anyone talking about their will, I’m happy to recommend them.”
Five reasons to write a will
ILAWS share the key reasons why everyone should plan for their future with a will and power of attorney.
- Husbands and wives do not automatically inherit 100 per cent of each other’s estate – if you die without writing a will, the law says who gets what.
- It can take 12 to 18 months to divide an estate without a will, and benefactors can be left with large legal fees.
- Children under 16 are not automatically placed with your next of kin, therefore it’s important to ensure the right person cares for them in your absence.
- You might wish to leave specific items to family and friends. For example, a cash lump sum or a piece of furniture.
- It costs as little as £90 to plan for your future.
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