These poignant documents set out the last wishes of many thousands of young men who lost their lives in the Great War, and have a remarkable emotional appeal and historical value. They can also provide a reminder of the timeless need to have a Will, which is just as important in 2014 as it was 100 years ago.
Of course few of us face the immediate dangers confronting those in the trenches. But none of us know what will happen tomorrow. What we do know is that dying intestate - without a Will - means giving up any control over what happens to your estate after you die. Instead, your estate will be distributed following statutory principles - which may be markedly different from what you would have wanted. Remarkably, it has been estimated that around 65% of people in Scotland die intestate, and so lose any say in what happens after they are gone.
Making a Will should be a priority for everyone. Wills are often relatively straightforward to put in place, and provide comfort and peace of mind in knowing that your wishes will be carried out when you are no longer here.
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