Most of us would like to think that when we die, at least those people we love will mourn us.

Most of us will lose our parents, while in a lasting relationship it is likely that one of the partners will die before the other. These are among the worst things that many of us will hopefully ever have to deal with – anything worse is not something we’d like to imagine.

So if people are mourning us, and going through one of the worst times of their lives (if not the worst), why would we want to add any unnecessary stress?

Writing a Will reduces unnecessary stress for relatives after a loved one’s death.

“Why should I write a Will? I’ll be dead, it won’t be my problem.” No, it’ll be your family’s problem. At best they have to navigate the laws of intestacy (dying without a Will – and these laws might not do what you expect) and apply to a court to get the power to sort our your money and property. At worst, they face a court dispute to defend what they believe (but cannot prove) your wishes were.

It goes without saying that this will be stressful, and perhaps very expensive.

Although Wills can be challenged, in most cases they will not be, and in many cases where somebody does make a challenge, a properly-written Will that takes any potential challenges into consideration, can be defended.

Someone recently told me: “Writing a Will is one of the kindest things you can do for your family.” Yes it’ll require a little time and thought on your part, and money, but once it’s done, it’s done (at least for a long time). Writing a Will a relatively simple way to make your death a little easier for your family to deal with.

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