MORE than half of people in the region haven’t made a will, new research has shown.

And one in ten of those gave the reason as not knowing how to start the process. Seven per cent said they felt it would be too expensive.

The survey also found that 31 per cent of respondents in Yorkshire had never spoken about a will and their end-of-life wishes with loved ones.

Co-op Legal Services, which carried out the research, says many misconceptions exist around wills and inheritance. It adds that – for example – if a husband or wife dies, the spouse doesn’t automatically inherit all their assets.

James Antoniou, head of wills and estate planning with Co-op Legal Services, said: “It’s troubling to think that so many adults are living without a will.

“The last year has shown that, sadly, circumstances can change very quickly and it’s essential that the assets you have worked for all your life go in accordance with your wishes.

“We’re strongly encouraging people to take control of their estate planning and seek professional guidance to ensure they’re getting the right will for them. Despite what people think, the process doesn’t have to be expensive.”