Report Reveals Only 36% of UK Adults Have a Will: DIY Wills on the Rise and Solicitor Use Declining

The percentage of adults in the UK who have a will in place might be as low as 36%. That’s the headline finding from the recent IRN Legal Wills and Probate Consumer report.

There were a few other interesting trends too that come out of the research, such as:

  • A dip in solicitor usage, particularly among younger demographics.
  • Over one in ten are writing their own wills (or at least attempting to)
  • Want to know what the typical cost of a will is? The report found that this is £125

Click through the document below for more insights from the report.

AR IRN Wills Report - June 2024 (2)


What has this all got to do with a Probate Genealogy firm? Well, a probate genealogist can assist legal professionals in cases where there is a will AND where there is not.

𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹: we can trace missing beneficiaries that have been named in a will but can’t be located, whether that’s a more straightforward address check or research that goes international.

𝗪𝗶𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗮 𝘄𝗶𝗹l: We are extremely well-versed in dealing with intestate matters. We can offer probate practitioners help and assistance, whether that’s verifying a family tree and establishing entitlement, providing estate distribution guidance, or undertaking a free administrator search.

Anglia Research is an award-winning probate genealogy and people tracing firm offering a range of services that assist Private Client practitioners with estate administration and Court of Protection matters, such as:

  • Finding missing beneficiaries named in a will
  • Locating legally entitled relatives in intestacy cases
  • Family tree verification and full Statutory Will research
  • Providing fixed-cost international bankruptcy searches
  • Undertaking financial asset and liability checks in the UK
  • Accessing missing beneficiary indemnity insurance quotes

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This article was submitted to be published by Anglia Research as part of their advertising agreement with Today’s Wills and Probate. The views expressed in this article are those of the submitter and not those of Today’s Wills and Probate.

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