16:33 09 February 2010
Like going to the dentist or arranging your pension, writing a will is something most Brits put off. Indeed, almost 170,000 people in the UK die every year without a will, with tens of millions of pounds going straight to the governments coffers in the form of property and savings.
But according to new research, when the time comes, nearly two thirds of people (63%) would like to have created a video to explain their formal will and testament to loved ones and send messages and advice from 'beyond the grave'.
The study, conducted by Remember A Charity, found that a similar number (70%) believe that a video address would avoid potential conflicts and family arguments following the reading of a formal will.
There's also hope that messages conveyed from beyond the grave would make an impact on those watching.
62% feel they would be more reassured of the choices made by their deceased family member after watching a video of them explaining their decisions.
Around a third of Brits (31%) say they would also use a video will to give their children valuable advice for the future.
Whether the deceased is leaving their money to children, spouses or a charity, which has increased by 9% in recent years, making a video is an effective method to reassure loved ones, and also a heartfelt way to make a difference in people's lives after youre gone.
Stephen George, chairman of Remember A Charity, said: "This research highlights a growing desire to leave personal messages for loved ones to support their legally binding wills and to explain the decisions we make to prevent conflict and arguments at such a difficult time.
"We would encourage people who are considering leaving a gift to charity in their will to explain their reasons to family and friends and this is a way they can do that.
Remember a Charity, formed in 2000, believes that video wills may be a good way for people to explain their decisions and reasons if they wish to give a small gift to charity.
The company has links with over 140 different charities for people to choose from when they are considering making a donation after they have passed on.
To raise awareness of the programme, Remember A Charity has teamed up with legacy filming company Beautiful Memories and has pledged to help five people create their own video will.
For your chance to create your free video will or for more information visit www.rememberacharity.org.uk
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