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Downton tells intestacy like it is and, hopefully, reaches millions

14th October 2013

And, as Wills solicitors across the country prepare to embark on charitable Will-writing initiatives throughout October, it is hoped that the plight of the characters may urge viewers who have not made provision for their loved ones to take this chance to prevent the same occurrence from happening in the event of their early death.

In the programme, the lack of a Will and what it meant for Lady Mary’s inheritance came as something of a shock to the family and even though the inheritance laws have since been amended from the time of the drama’s setting, intestacy can still be punitive. It also means a lot of extra problems for the immediate family at a time which is already filled with emotional difficulties.

As well as appealing to those who have not yet made a Will, solicitors are also urging those who have already made one to think carefully about the validity of the document. In today’s culture of widely-accepted divorce and remarriage, a Will can easily be deemed invalid if it has not been rewritten or appropriate codicils added to amend the provisions.

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