It’s very surprising to many that Abraham Lincoln, an esteemed lawyer in addition to being one of the greatest Presidents in history (in many of opinion), never took the time to make a will, even by age 54. Yet, even today it’s much more common than most people realise. More than 60% of the Uk's population haven't got a Will. Either way, it’s shocking how many people don’t take the time to plan for how their lifetime of savings will pass when they die.
According to a series of bulletins issued from the Abraham Lincoln Association, his family was understandably overcome with grief. By noon on the day he died, April 15, 1865 Lincoln’s oldest son, Robert, sent a telegram to Justice David Davis of the United States Supreme Court. Davis was a close friend of Lincoln and Robert considered Davis to be a “second father,” according to a letter Robert wrote years later. The telegram said, “Please
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come at once to Washington to take charge of my father’s affairs answer.”
Davis immediately went to Washington to console Lincoln’s widow, Mary. Mary and Robert together wrote a letter to the Judge of the Sangamon County Court, in Illinois, and asked that he appoint Davis as the administrator of Lincoln’s Estate.
The rules are intended to be fair, but they may not suit you. For example, if your spouse or civil partner and children survive you, your assets will be divided among them in fixed proportions that may not suit your family.
Equally, the rules make no provision for a partner if you are not married or in a civil partnership, even if you have lived together for many years. It is possible to write your own Will, but it is a good idea to seek professional advice.
Your Will is important, and professional advice will ensure that your Will complies with all the legal requirements. A professional service also ensures that your instructions are clear and will be followed after your death, and that you have taken advantage of any tax reliefs available to you.
Our trained consultants can discuss your current circumstances and recommend the products that will provide the correct protection for you, your family and your assets. For peace of mind contact the Will Associates today and Get your free information pack or call us on 0800 8477 212 to arrange a free appointment with one of our trained consultants, at a time convenient to you and your family in the comfort of your own home.