February 07, 2018
Many life events trigger people to think about Wills but there are still so many people that do not get a Will or they do not have their Wills reviewed regularly.
Marriage is a significant event regardless or your background or your religion. There are many things that everyone concentrates on when getting married like, getting the right dress or suit, booking the right venue, getting the best caterers, making sure the cake matches the colour scheme but there is one other pressing matter that should be considered when you are getting married and that is making a Will. So why is making a Will when you get married or making a Will in contemplation of marriage so important?
You may think that you do not have a lot and so your estate is not worth much. However, once you get married or enter into a civil partnership you generally start to accumulate things. You might get new cars, buy property, you might have valuable pension or life insurance policies in place.
You might have a collection of art, stamps, action figures or you could be a dedicated follower of fashion that you had before you got married that could be worth an absolute fortune.
Digital Property is definitely discounted by most people when thinking about the value of their estate. Digital Property includes internet accounts, data such as emails, word processing documents, spreadsheets, pictures, audio files such as music that you have downloaded and movies and games amongst other things.
If you have an extensive collection of music, movies and games that you have downloaded and paid for then you probably have a fortune at your fingertips that you have not even thought about.
However much you think your estate is worth, when you get married or enter into a civil partnership your responsibility increases.
Make making a Will part of your arrangements when you are arranging your special day.
Samantha Ibrahim is a Private Client Practitioner within our Wills and Probate team.
Samantha joined Spencers Solicitors in 2010 and is the lead Private Client Practitioner in our Wills and Probate Department. Her role involves taking instructions on and drafting Wills, lasting powers of attorney for individuals and businesses, making applications for Court of Protection deputyship, probate, all aspects of administration of estates and deeds of variation. This includes contentious probate.
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