42% of over-55s don\u2019t have a Will, according to a survey of 2,000 people by Macmillan Cancer Support\r\nNew research from Macmillan Cancer Support reveals that nearly 2 in 3 UK residents (63%) are failing to write a Will and make their final wishes known. This includes 42% of people over the age of 55.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe charity also discovered that 1.5 million people\u00a0have unknowingly made their Will void by getting married, as marriage automatically revokes a previous Will, making it invalid.\r\n\r\nWithout an up-to-date Will, the law could overrule a person\u2019s final wishes and leave possessions, money, property, and even dependent children, with someone they may not have chosen.\r\n\r\nThe survey of over 2,000 adults\u00a0found a range of\u00a0other\u00a0Will-related errors, with 1 in 5 Wills still including an ex-partner, not yet including children or grandchildren, a new relationship or including someone that they plan to remove.\r\n\r\nAs many as 10% of people with Wills admitted they were planning to update them to include children and grandchildren, but had not yet done so.\r\n\r\nThe reality is that so many of us put off updating or making our Will, despite official guidance recommending that people review their Will every five years and after any major life events. A\u00a0quarter of Wills have not been updated for at least five years.\r\n\r\nCraig Fordham, director of legacies at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: \u201cThis January, Macmillan wants to help people take charge of their\u00a0Will and think about the type of legacy they want to leave behind. The start of the year is the perfect time to get your affairs in order and make arrangements for your loved ones and the causes closest to you."\r\n\r\nPrevious research from Macmillan found that the top reasons for not having a Will included having \u2018just never got round to it\u2019 (41%), as well as the belief that they don\u2019t have anything valuable to leave and that they don\u2019t need to write one until they\u2019re older.\r\n\r\nFind out more about making a Will.