Making a will is important because it's the only way of ensuring that inheritance is distributed according to people's wishes, it has been claimed.
Whether undertaking a DIY will or seeking advice from a professional, the document will ease the strain on loved ones after someone's passing, the Institute of Professional Willwriters claims.
The institute's chairman, Paul Sharpe, explained: "By putting everything in writing, it provides certainty and direction for those that you leave behind.
"This can mean that your estate can be dealt with without professional help – and that saves costs."
However, he noted that securing a grant of probate can prove complicated, particularly if inheritance tax is payable on the estate of the deceased.
Mr Sharpe added that the inheritance tax form is a "monster", which can often require executors to seek expert advice.
However, he noted that there is a wealth of information available, particularly on the internet, for those who want to obtain grant of probate.
Published on: June 3, 2011