Jan 13, 2011

BBC 2 links up with Sir Gerry Robinson to talk about Wills

BBC 2 launches a new six part series called 'You can't take it with you' which starts at 9.00pm on Friday 14th January 2010 which examines attitudes to Wills - and most importantly, why people dont make Wills and then encourages them to overcome any misgivings and preconceptions and actually get a Will written. 

In the first programme Sir Gerry Robinson helps two families torn over what to write in their wills.

Lesley wants to leave half the family home to charity, but husband David wants all of it to be left to his two sons by a previous marriage.

Meanwhile, army major Tom is bound for Baghdad, and urgently needs to make a will that includes his two stepdaughters. But his new wife Kira is against the principle of inheritance and would rather leave everything they jointly own to charity.

Both couples need to face some uncomfortable home truths before they sign on the dotted line.

Sir Gerry is assisted by top lawyer Sue Medder, who sets out the legal options in each case, and writes the final wills. And Sir Gerry gets all the family involved in the debate, because keeping problems secret is no way to solve them.

Deciding who gets what in a will can be one of the toughest choices anyone can have to make. But making no decisions at all and dying without a will can cause rifts that tear families apart.

Willpower Managing Director, Paul Sharpe said "It's not unusual for two people in a relationship to have different views about how their estate should be distributed. Unfortunately these people can't work out what to do and end up doing nothing - which is the worst of all possible outcomes. But it doesn't have to be that way - it is possible to make a Will that meets differing requirements. A key part of our service is to sit with our clients and understand their family and financial circumstances and to discuss their hopes and plans for the future and their views on inheritance, taxation, and care fee planning. Only then can we construct a Will which everyone is happy with - and won't necessarily need changing when foreseeable changes in circumstances occur in the future"

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