I was in the village pub the other day, and, over a pint in front of a roaring log fire (no, really, it is that kind of pub), I got into conversation with some of the other guys leaning against the bar. They'd heard I was a Willwriter, and, as is the way in pubs, everyone had an opinion about Wills. One or two of the guys already had Wills even though in most cases they had been written when their children were little. These children had now left home and had children of their own. I asked them if they didn't think it was time to rewrite their Wills. There was a fair amount of humming and ha-ing until one spoke up and said that as his Will left everything to his wife and vice versa, surely his Will was still valid.
The fact is that his Will could well still be valid even though he no longer had need of Guardians for his children and even though his big sister and brother in law who he had made executors were of an age that may have made them disinclined to administer the Will. They may not now be the best people act in this capacity, especially now that one of his children had gone into the law!
None of these factors made the Will invalid, so he would not have died intestate, requiring the courts to step in to administer the Will, but as a financial planning document designed to ease the burden on those that are left behind, it was, quite frankly, rubbish and I told him so.
There is something about a pub that makes it possible when chatting amongst friends to make bold statements like that without offending someone, and so it was with my drinking partner. He asked me what I thought he should do to remedy this and I told him that he and I should fix a date for me to pop round to his house and have a chat about Wills and how best to draft them to suit their particular circumstances. We set up a time and date then and there, and I bought him a drink.
If you think that your Will needs freshening up, give me a call on 07917753582 or email me at Michael@MK-willwriters.co.uk