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Most UK adults 'without a Will'

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More than half of UK adults have yet to write a Will, according to a poll for charity Barnardo's.

The proportion rises to 74% of cohabiting couples, the survey of 2,221 adults has found.

A third of those who had not written a Will said they had meant to but had "never got around to it". Others said they had nothing to leave.

Having a child was considered to be the most popular reason for people making a Will.

"We know from this poll that most people believe they should make a Will but they put it off for a variety of reasons," said Ginny Harris, of Barnardo's

"One of the most concerning findings is that a quarter of those over 55 who had not made a Will say 'the money will go to my family anyway'."

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