The “Downton” lesson - Foresters highlights the benefits of writing a Will

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The writing of a Will is an important but often overlooked issue for many families. On the surface, this is quite understandable as nobody likes to think about their death but not preparing for the inevitable can often leave your loved ones with more than just grief to deal with.

Neil Armitage, Marketing Director at Foresters Friendly Society said: "Followers of Downton Abbey will have followed the recent storyline highlighting the perils of not writing a Will when it emerged that, following the death of Matthew Crawley, heir to Downton and a solicitor no less, had not written a Will.  He therefore left Lady Mary and the family at loggerheads over who should inherit the estate. It later emerges that in lieu of a Will, Matthew has written a letter of intent, witnessed and deemed passable by the lawyers, which states that he would like Lady Mary to inherit Downton Abbey should he pass away."

While viewers may have breathed a sigh of relief, many solicitors would have been shouting at their televisions as a letter of intent does not actually comply with Section 9 of the Wills Act 1837. However, the Downton storyline does highlight an important issue; a Will goes a long way in putting your loved ones minds at ease, and leaving your affairs in order will ensure those you wish to inherit do so.

Foresters Friendly Society can help its members navigate these difficulties with its discounted Will writing service, available to all members as part of Foresters Extras.The discounted Will writing service is available to all members via mywebclub. Alternatively, Foresters now offers the option of a full legal Will worth £199 with each 50+ Life Cover policy carrying a monthly premium of £25 or more.

Neil Armitage added: "Our research shows that over half of the UK population has not made a Will (May 2011*).  That's a huge percentage of the population whose wishes may not be carried out after their death.  As a mutual society, we are set up to care for our members throughout all stages in life and the Will writing service is just another example of this. Our member benefits, which are unique to Foresters, include discretionary dental and optical grants, discretionary financial assistance with the cost of higher education and a GP consultation service."

The membership benefits Foresters Friendly Society provides aren't regulated and are regularly reviewed by us to ensure they are relevant to our members. 

*Research from Will Writing Survey undertaken by Foresters Friendly Society and ICM in April 2011.