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According to recent figures, more Wills were written in the UK on the day that Prince Philip was admitted to hospital last year, than on any other day that year.  This trend was then replicated again when Queen Elizabeth II went into hospital in October 2021.

The Royals are not the only public figures that appear to have this impact on the public, with a spike in Will preparation also being reported following the death of Girls Aloud singer, Sarah Harding. An increase in Will writing was also seen when the media reported that Sir Captain Tom Moore was in hospital having contracted Covid.

Linked to this, the pandemic generally, has prompted more people to make Wills, particularly when the new variants were announced and predicted to rapidly spread in the UK.  Reasons cited are that the pandemic has made people more aware of their mortality and made them concerned that they are not prepared for death.

Despite the triggers above, a recent survey conducted by OnePoll suggests that 40% of Brits do not have a Will; either due to not wanting to think about dying, believing they are too young or having just not got round to it. We recommend that everyone over the age of 18 should make a Will.  With nuclear families becoming less common and the structure of the family unit becoming ever diverse, people should not rely on the Intestacy rules when it comes to the succession of their estate.

If you wish to make a Will, or review your existing Will, please get in touch with your usual Wealth preservation team member for assistance.

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