Survey reveals 58% of UK adults have not made a Will

| April 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

A survey by YouGov, which was undertaken by children’s charity Barnardo’s, has revealed 58% of UK adults have not yet made a Will.

The poll of 2,221 of adults found that nearly all those questioned believed it was sensible to make a Will but a third said they “never got round to it”.

Many of those questioned said having a child was the most popular reason for making a Will.

Ginny Harris, Barnardo’s Gifts in Wills Marketing Manager, comments: “We know from this poll that most people believe they should make a Will but they put it off for a variety of reasons.”

She adds: “One of the most concerning findings is that a quarter of those over 55 who had not made a Will say ‘the money will go to my family anyway’.

“Yet dying without a will can cause a lot of problems for those who are left behind. Making a will really is the best way of protecting the interests of family and loved ones,” she advises.

However, the survey also revealed that those who have made a Will, did so before the age of 41.

Nearly half of all donations Barnardo’s receives from the public each year comes from gifts left to them in Wills.

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