Over 50% of Britons haven’t prepared a will

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The coronavirus is the latest public health scare to hit the UK and the Chief Medical Officer has warned that the country is heading "full tilt" towards an epidemic. Astonishingly very few people in the UK are fully prepared. If you’re one of them why not contact Real Legal? To find out how we can help call 0345 646 0501, visit our website www.reallegal.co.uk, or come in to our office on Grimshaw Street, Burnley.

The total number of cases of the coronavirus in the UK has today risen to a total of 203 with 3 recorded fatalities on UK shores, and these figures are expected to double within 7 days. According to current thinking from the NHS and the WHO, 80% of people can expect only mild symptoms and just 5% are likely to become critically ill. But worryingly those most likely to be affected are the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions.

But these figures are unreliable because thousands of people are still being treated who may go on to experience more serious symptoms and Public Health England has warned it will stop testing patients if the number of cases continues to increase at the same rate.

The lack of concrete facts is perhaps the most worrying thing. One way that people can counter the uncertainty is by being prepared for every eventuality. You can get stocked up in case you have to self-isolate, and you can get your affairs in order and make a will.

No one knows what the future will hold. Perhaps the coronavirus will pass over and very few people will be affected. Buy why take a chance? Real Legal can help you tie up all the loose ends in case the worst happens by helping to ensure you are covered with a will. We can help you plan for the future, making sure your loved ones are looked after and prevent any stress further down the line.

Those who die without making a will are called “Intestate” and then a series of complicated rules come into effect in order decide who will inherit your estate. If you are unmarried then your estate will be divided among your surviving relatives, and they can’t be found any funds will be transferred to the state.

In the meantime, you can protect yourself and those around you by washing your hands frequently, especially with hand sanitiser; avoiding unnecessary contact with others by keeping at least a metre of personal space around you; avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes; and covering your face if you need to cough or sneeze.

For more information about preparing a will please call Real Legal on 0345 646 0501, or visit the website www.reallegal.co.uk