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19 May 2016

Charity warns of jump in intestate queries

The problem of people dying without making a will is growing, new research suggests.

According to Citizens Advice figures shown to BBC 5 Live Daily, the past half decade has seen the number of enquiries relating to this issue double.

The charity revealed to the broadcaster that while 1,522 intestate queries were recorded back in 2011, this total has since grown - to 3,747 in 2015.

Failure to write a will can mean that people's assets are not divided in compliance with their wishes when they pass away. This can also create headaches for people's families and friends at what is already a stressful time.

Citing the findings of a recent YouGov survey conducted for the Legal Services Consumer Panel, the BBC said close to two thirds of UK adults still do not have a will in place regarding their finances.

The singer Prince is one high-profile individual who is thought to have died without leaving a will behind.

Dying intestate can cause additional heartache for families and can result in the family falling out. In some circumstances, this can prove to be an expensive and time consuming process, as a resolution is needed. 

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