A recent BBC 2 TV series, ‘Can’t Take It With You’ in which Sir Gerry Robinson helped families to consider what to write in their wills, has resulted in a surge of will writing enquiries at local law firm, Tallents Solicitors. Senior Partner at the firm and Head of the Wills, Trust and Probate department, Frances KellyAlexadra Kelly, Solicitor at Tallents Solicitors commented,

“Since the TV programme has been aired we have noticed a marked increase in the number of people wanting to make, or review, their wills. Although Tallents has always encouraged people to start planning the allocation of their estates earlier rather than later, making a will is a subject that people naturally shy away from.


“Over six episodes the programme explored the estate planning problems of twelve different couples which seemed to strike a chord with the viewing audience and has encouraged them to come to us to discuss their own estate planning needs.”

‘Can’t Take It With You’ covered several complicated issues surrounding making wills and estate planning, such as: leaving monies to charity, favouring beneficiaries, dividing money between sons and daughters, guardianship, how to ensure the continuing success of a family business and providing for disabled dependents. It clearly demonstrated that experienced legal advice is always a good investment when making major decisions like this. Frances continues,

“Every family will be in a different situation when it comes to drawing up a will. Deciding how to divide up your estate can be a very sobering experience and it is often clouded by emotions running high as well, as the TV programme has shown.


“Our Wills Trust and Probate team has many years of experience between them but they know that the majority of estate planning begins by simply sitting down and talking about what you want to happen to your estate when you die.


“We actively encourage clients to also speak to their families about their wishes to avoid creating long-term family bitterness that can sometimes outlast any monetary loss.”

wills-trust-and-probatesOften people avoid the issue entirely by not writing a will at all which means they die ‘intestate’, but this can only lead to additional heartbreak for the bereaved at an already stressful time. Frances finishes,

“We know that this is a sensitive subject and we always take the time to guide clients through the process and encourage them to explore every option before making sure their final wishes will be carried out on their death.


“Unfortunately, we can’t quite stretch to Sir Gerry’s generosity and take all our clients out to dinner to discuss their individual estate needs, but they can rest assured that we will be using our considerable experience and expertise to reach a satisfactory conclusion for them and their loved ones.”

If ‘Can’t Take It With You’ struck a chord with you and you want to discuss your estate planning, then call the Wills, Trust and Probate Department at Tallents Solicitors for experienced and simple legal advice you can trust. —— —— —— Article first published 31.03.11