It is probably no understatement to say that the principal service offered by the department is to advise clients who wish to make a Will. For this purpose, having regard to inheritance and tax planning considerations in particular, it is important to take into account all of the circumstances, especially the client’s family and property.
It is, in fact, quite irresponsible (from the perspective of family and dependents) not to make a Will. Nevertheless, many people fail to make a Will. The consequence is intestacy and the deceased is presumed by law to have selected the beneficiaries who are entitled under the Administration of Estates Act 1925. This results by default and can easily be avoided by taking the trouble to take legal advice and make a Will.