On 2 December 2020, the Law Society unveiled new research showing 7% of respondents made or updated their will during the first UK-wide coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, but many have yet to put their affairs in order.

The survey was commissioned by the Law Society and took place just after the first lockdown restrictions began to ease. Over 1,000 members of the public took part.

  • Over half (59%) of those surveyed said they did not have a will.
  • Just 29% said they have an up-to-date will which reflects their current intentions.

The main reasons given for not making a will were:

  • not having anything of value to leave to their loved ones (24%)
  • not finding the time to make a will (20%), and
  • thinking they were too young to make a will (18%).

7% of all respondents and 6% of those who identified as keyworkers made or updated their will during the first UK lockdown – given how many people do not have a will, this is a striking shift.  

Over half of those surveyed who were working during the first UK lockdown said they were a key worker.