However, this cannot be attributed to ignorance of the dangers of not writing a will because 83 per cent said that they know it is an essential provision.
One of the main reasons for respondents not writing a will was the perceived cost and a lack of free time.
However, those who write an Online Will may find that they save both time and money.
The research by Clough & Willis comes on the back of new rules on intestacy, which took effect from the beginning of the month.
Now it could be more important than ever for co-habiting partners to make a will because they are completely disregarded from the revision.
According to independent financial advisors Calculis, the idea of a common law marriage is a myth.
"There is no such thing as common law marriages, it's just a term and it's not legally accepted. Whilst it might seem unfair that's how it is," says Alex Pegley, the company's director.
Written by Christopher Evans
Published on: February 4, 2009