WHEN YOU put pen to paper to sign your last will and testament the expectation is that whatever assets or money you leave behind will safely transfer to your loved ones.
However, failure to draw up your will with the help of qualified personnel can result in severe difficulties for your friends and family after you are gone as wills drawn up by unaccredited or unqualified people do not often carry the full weight of the law.
The Yorkshire Post is teaming up with SFE (Solicitors for the Elderly) in order to emphasise the importance of using qualified solicitors to draw up your will and will be hosting a seminar on the matter next week.
Susan Wright, partner at Yorkshire law firm Whitaker Firth and an accredited member of Solicitors for the Elderly, said: “Leaving a will should mean your estate can be dealt with efficiently and as quickly as possible following your death. A badly drafted will can result in a great deal of heartache and expense for those you leave behind, exactly what a will should not do.
“Using an accredited solicitor should mean that your Will is correctly drafted however if things were to go wrong then at least your family would have redress through professional indemnity insurance. All solicitors must be insured and are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, something that is not obligatory to any other providers of legal services.”
To raise awareness The Yorkshire Post has teamed up with SFE to stage a seminar open to the general public.
The free event will take place at our offices on 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, on Friday March 31. It will be a lunchtime event with refreshments provided.
To book a place please contact Tim Rogers on 0113 238 8839 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.