Have you ever thought of what will happen to your loved ones if something ever happened to you? For most of you, the answer is probably yes you have, but you may not have thought that it was essential to write a will at this moment in time or always found it difficult to talk about making one.

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The Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) knows the importance of a will and therefore, as part of its Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), the Charity launched its will writing support services to help people within the electrical sector to protect their loved ones when they are no longer able to do it themselves.

A recent study produced by YouGov showed that 63% of the UK adult population don’t have a valid will. Additionally, a recent survey by the Citizens Advice Bureau revealed that the number of enquiries about people who have passed away without making a will has more than doubled over the past five years, with almost 3,747 queries being received in 2015.

Making a will is vital if you want to ensure that once you are gone, all of your wishes are taken into consideration and that your loved ones, whether it is your children, parents or partners, are looked after and financially protected, making it easier for your family to cope with your loss. For those who have children, making a will is crucial as it allows you to appoint guardians for your kids and give them full financial support for their future when you are no longer able to look after them.

A will is also the only way to make sure your money, property, possessions and investments (known as your estate) go to the people and causes that you care about. As well as looking after your family, you will also be able to make arrangements for your pets or make a donation to the charity closest to your heart.

Leaving a gift in your will is another great opportunity to make a huge difference after your lifetime. For many charities, including EIC, gifts in wills account for up to 50% of voluntary income. Without being left gifts in wills, so much of EIC’s work would not be possible. Many people support a charity throughout their lifetime, and by leaving a gift in your will, you can continue to show your support, ensuring that people who are in need of assistance benefit after you have gone.

There are many situations in life that cannot be controlled, but if you make a will today you will be more likely to be in control of your belongings which will protect and support your loved ones. Don’t leave it until it is too late; make a will today and protect those close to your heart as well as making a huge difference when you are gone.

For further information, please contact Jess Vailima: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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