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Rise in Intestate Queries as Two Thirds of Public Die Without Making a Will

Rise in Intestate Queries as Two Thirds of Public Die Without Making a Will

Citizens Advice has reported a sharp rise in the number of intestate queries they are responding to due to people dying without having made a will.

Only 38 per cent of adults in England and Wales’ have a will according to research carried out by YouGov.

The research found that the number of enquiries about what to do when someone has died without a will over the last five years has doubled.

President of The Law Society, Jonathan Smithers, said: “Thousands of people die every year without making a will or without one that has been properly drafted.

“If you die without a will your final wishes may well go unheeded, and your loved ones may have to cope with additional financial stress at a time of bereavement.

"A will helps to ensure that your assets are divided among the family, friends and charities of your choice, and can help you manage the amount of inheritance tax you pay.”

Someone who dies without a valid will must have their estate shared out according to the rules of intestacy.

Citizens Advice dealt with 3,747 questions on intestacy problems in 2015 compared to just 1,522 in 2011.

The free independent advice service has also seen a steady increase in the number of enquiries on contentious probate and how to execute a person’s will over the past five years, with 8,160 queries in 2011 and 11,137 queries in 2015.

Citizens Advice has reported a sharp rise in the number of intestate queries they are responding to due to people dying without having made a will.