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NEARLY 60%* of Britons don’t have a will, with those under 55* the least prepared should the worst happen.

East Midlands-based solicitors Nelsons is holding a series of free seminars in Nottingham, Leicester and Derby for the public about the importance of making a will, including appointing guardians for your children and protecting your wealth from care home fees.

Catherine McCannah, partner in the wills, trusts and probate team, said: “We recommend that everyone have a will, but it’s even more important if you have children, savings, investments, insurance policies or own a business or property.

“Without a will, your estate will be subject to intestacy laws, which could mean that your assets aren’t distributed as you would have wanted.

“Many people don’t make a will because it’s a subject they don’t want to think about, or they think it’s expensive – but the costs of not having a will could be much higher and cause unnecessary stress and strain on your family, at a time that is already difficult.

“The only way to ensure that your affairs are dealt with as you wish is to have a will in place and this should then be regularly updated to reflect any change in your circumstances.

“Our free seminar is open to anyone who wants to understand more about the practicalities of creating a will, including appointing executors and what that means, choosing guardians for your children, dividing gifts among beneficiaries, managing inheritance tax and protecting your wealth from care home fees.”

The free seminars will take place from 5.30pm until 6.45pm at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, 6 February at the Royal Concert Hall, in Theatre Square, Nottingham
  • Wednesday, 7 February at Nelsons Solicitors, in New Walk, Leicester
  • Thursday, 8 February at Nelsons Solicitors, in Lodge Lane, Derby

To register, please contact Tim Atkinson on 0800 024 1976 or visit Nelsons’ website at

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