Making a Will is the only way to ensure that your estate is distributed exactly as you would have chosen.
If you don’t make a Will, or if the Will you leave behind isn’t valid, your estate will need to be distributed as per the intestacy laws. Intestacy laws only benefit close blood relations and married or civil partners. If your Will was to be distributed along these lines, any unmarried partners or step children would not benefit, while a spouse you were separated from would.
Even if you think your situation is straight forward, it is far better to make sure you have properly recorded your wishes in a Will. This could save your loved ones from a great deal of uncertainty after your death.
An experienced solicitor will be able to help direct your assets away from nursing home fees. Writing a Will could also help to ensure your loved ones don’t pay more inheritance tax on your estate than they need to.