January is a time when you reflect on the previous year and look to the future. Here at Jordans we believe that a will drafted by a qualified and experienced solicitor is the best gift for your loved ones.

We are calling on the 30 million* UK adults who do not have a will to make legally drafting their final wishes top of the to-do list in 2015.

We are members of the Law Society’s Wills & Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS), which  provides a best practice quality mark for wills and estate administration advice that consumers can trust.

Those with the most to lose if they die without a will include co-habiting couples who are not married or in a civil partnership.

More than one million** unmarried couples with dependent children are living in the UK. Recent changes to the intestacy rules strengthened the position of married spouses and civil partners, but left the position of cohabiting couples unchanged.

Intestacy is where the state decides who inherits if someone dies without a will.

Only partners who are married or in a civil partnership can inherit under the rules.

Partner and head of the private client department, Peter Kirrane, said;

“No one likes to think too carefully about their own demise, but ensuring your final wishes are made clear and legally recognised is the best gift for your family.

“You may have returned those awful socks and loud jumper you received at Christmas to the shop and got a refund, but there’s no going back if you die without a will.”

“Consumers need to be able to distinguish between those who are unregulated, uninsured and untrained, and solicitors who offer a quality service.

If you would like more information please contact Peter Kirrane on 01924 457171 or click here.

*LawSociety research**ONS figures

For more details on the Law Society Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS), visit the website.

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