The number of people celebrating their 100th birthday hits record high

Published: 30/09/2016

The number of people celebrating their 100th birthday has quadrupled to a new record over the past two decades.

Indeed, in the last decade alone, the number of centenarians has risen by 65%.

And that’s not the only impressive milestone today’s healthier individual may reach.

The Office for National Statistics today also revealed that the number of people aged over 105 has increased. Women are more likely to outlive men.

With more people living longer than ever, Goldsmith Williams solicitors are reminding people of all ages to ensure their wills remain up-to-date. Often, if there are various changes to be made, it may be easier just to write a new will.

There are many reasons you may need to update your will, including a change in marital status; you move home; a guardian, executor, trustee or beneficiary moves away or dies; there are substantial changes in your property value; you have forgotten anyone you would like to mention; you would like to leave a gift to a charity; and others.

Linda Cummins, Head of Wills and Probate at Goldsmith Williams, comments:

“It is wonderful that more people today are living longer, healthier and richer lives, but throughout our journeys, the people and things that we consider most important to us could change.

“That’s why I would urge adults, of all ages, to ensure their wills are up-to-date.”

Content correct at time of publication.

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