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Mumsnetters share with Cancer Research UK the life admin that they never get around to doing, including updating or writing their Will

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LucyBMumsnet · 20/01/2020 10:30

This sponsored discussion is now closed. Thank you to everyone who posted on this thread.

Often when we have children, it feels impossible to find the time to do anything that isn’t absolutely crucial…and before you know it, there are things on your to-do-list which have been on there for well over a year or decade. Those little jobs around the house, buying a gift for your OH, clearing out the wardrobe or – one you might not have thought of – sorting out your Will. With this in mind, Cancer Research UK would like to hear about the things you struggle to get around to doing.

Here’s what Cancer Research UK has to say: “We know that updating your Will or writing one from scratch can be a daunting prospect, and one of those things that you might feel just isn’t a priority right now. However, we think writing a Will is far too important to ignore; if you don’t, not only could you leave your loved ones with distressing admin, but it also means the law would decide how your estate is distributed – and this might not be in line with your wishes. Cancer Research UK offer a Free Will Service open to anyone over the age of 18 which guides you through the process step by step, and you can have your Will written within 30 minutes, and tick that job off your list.”

What are the odd-ends you never seem to get around to doing? What are the things that stand in the way of you sorting these out? Where does writing or updating your Will feature on your to-do list (if at all!)? Do you think Cancer Research UK’s Free Will Service would help you?

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Mumsnetters share with Cancer Research UK the life admin that they never get around to doing, including updating or writing their Will
OP posts:

Missillusioned · 08/02/2020 10:40

I don't think writing a will is essential as long as you know the laws of intestacy and are happy with your estate being distributed that way.

My dad died without a will and I was the executor for his estate. It was fine, no hassle. Having a will wouldn't have made it any easier.


Sockmonster23 · 08/02/2020 13:28

I haven't got around doing a will yet and that I should. Im single mum. Fled an abusive relationship. Left homeless and no money. Thankfully my children are well. Must do that Will.


glynda · 08/02/2020 14:18

I have not written a will but shall start as reading the comments has made me realise how important it is.


kats56 · 08/02/2020 18:02

I think making a will is the thing I never get round to, I talk about doing it but that's as far as I get.


Jocelynne123 · 08/02/2020 22:18

I made a will but to be honest I need to update it. My daughter is now an adult so I would want everything to go to her. My family knows this but t I haven't gotten round to changing it.


sootyo · 09/02/2020 08:13

Need to get around to sorting Power of attorney.


kkhimji · 09/02/2020 09:43



feeona123 · 09/02/2020 11:05

I always find replying to emails the last of the admin tasks! I know I need to make a will but it’s just something I haven’t got round to yet!


cooljammer37 · 09/02/2020 15:52

I'm currently in a dispute over a phone contract that I have through my employer, the amount of emails going backward and forward has been ridiculous and now they want me to get in touch with payroll to check payments made. I have put it off as I am so fed up with getting nowhere. Oops I realise this has turned into a rant.... I feel better for it :-)


avery64 · 09/02/2020 16:48

As we are getting on a bit wills and LPA's are sorted. All household admin is filed and sorted in date order but the one thing I keep putting off is getting our property on the Land Registry. I keep putting it off not for financial reasons but because I think it will be a complicated process.


alem17 · 09/02/2020 21:40

I have a will but I need to update it


Leanfun · 10/02/2020 10:33

Husband wrote a will before he had a major operation but I have never got around to it. We need to both have updated wills.


francislee1976 · 10/02/2020 11:51

i never get around to doing life insurance or writing a will.

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