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People with dependent children should make a will to name a guardian or guardians for their children, and also to allocate funds to ensure they're financially supported while growing up (though another signed, witnessed written document will suffice).
Yet there are many legal ways you can plan ahead to reduce this.
The Law Commission, an independent body which takes on projects to reform areas of law, has said current will laws are outdated and need to be overhauled.
So the commission launched a consultation with the aim of reforming this and other rules.
The consultation closed on 10 November 2017 and the Law Commission is currently analysing the responses.