People often neglect to create wills because they fail to see the "urgency" of doing so.
This is according to Tricia Cavell, fundraising manager at St Richard's Hospice in Worcestershire.
She made her comments following the launch of a campaign by the centre to encourage local residents to make sure they have wills drawn up.
Mr Cavell said: "Very often people don't see any urgency about the issue of wills, whereas in fact it is extremely important and can make a huge difference to the lives of those left behind."
She went on to claim that "many people" still die without wills despite having undertaken a lifetime of hard work and possessing savings.
Solicitors across the county are taking part in the Write a Will month, giving up their free time to help the hospice provide advice to those seeking to produce a will.
Established in 1984, St Richard's Hospice cares for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.