Horror Stories

We don’t want to distress anyone. But there is a general assumption about how the law works, which is not always correct. Many people think they will do it one day, but one day doesn’t quite arrive.

Tragically there are many scams and abject failures by those who should know better, which cause extreme misery to family members and next-of-kin. There are hundreds of horror stories out there. We pulled a selection together below but there are many more where they came from.

Lack of Will

Death and the unmarried couple: what happens to the house?
Stowe Family Law

The cost of dying intestate
The Guardian

Horror Stories: When You Die Without A Will

Don't delay making a will: Two-thirds of Britons could die intestate - risking strict rules that can flout their wishes
This is Money

Dying Without a Will Could be Your Ultimate Horror Story
Millionaire before 50

Family row after mother dies without a will
The Irish Times

10 of the strangest wills of all time
The Guardian

10 famous people who died without a will - and the problems it caused
The Telegraph

7 legendary stars who died without wills: Aretha Franklin, Prince and more
USA Today

Wills and inheritance: how changes to the intestacy rules affect you
The Guardian

Wills and inheritance
Marie Curie

'His unsigned will left his plans – and me – in ruins': How a widow's life was plunged into uncertainty after her husband died without signing his will
Daily Mail

Man Dies with $40 Million, No Will, and No Heirs
Ginsberg Shulman

That's Terrible, But It Would Never Happen To Me: Real Life Estate Planning Nightmares
Darrow Wealth Management

The Perils Of Dying Without A Will

31 Million Uk Adults at Risk of Dying Without a Will

Unmarried partner's rights after death - who can claim?
Birkettlong Solictiors

7 Nasty Things That Can Happen If You Die Without A Will

10 Famous People Who Died Without a Will

'My sister is laughing all the way to the bank, we will never speak again': Families at war over wills
The Journal

What happens to your digital assets when you die?
Money Wise

Where do I stand if my partner dies without leaving a valid will?
Citizen Advice

Can a person’s handwritten note of wishes amount to a Will?
Stephens Scown

The Terrifying Cost Of Dying Without A Will
Love money

Nearly two thirds of UK adults don't have a will, research finds
The Independent

What happens to infant beneficiaries when parent(s) dies without a Will?
Else Law

Troubling Estate Plans — Both Now And In The Past
Richard E Lewis

Probate Horror Stories
Brown & Crona

How Prince Charles receives £1m from the estates of subjects who die without wills thanks to a medieval law
Daily Mail

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