We are all familiar with the stereotypical view of the British as a reserved people – the so-called 'British reserve'. As a consequence, there are two things Brits tend to be reluctant to discuss: death and money.

The importance of talking about estate planning is obvious. However, as a private client lawyer, I am acutely aware that many people shy away from creating a will because it forces them to broach difficult subjects. An individual must consider and discuss their health, relationships and finances when planning what will happen to their money and assets when they die.

In the last year, many practitioners will have experienced an unprecedented surge in the number of clients preparing wills and r...

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