The need to write a will has been emphasised through new research, which shows that tax inefficiencies are leading to the taxman receiving greater pay-outs.

Over the course of the year, it is estimated by that the taxman will unnecessarily receive £13.5 billion, despite the growing pressure on personal finances.

The statistics reveal that £134 million in inheritance tax is given in error, while £1,999 million that is given is totally avoidable.

On a regional basis, the south-east of England was found to be the most inefficient region, while women were found to be worse at tax planning than their male counterparts.

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Legal adviser Sue Medder recently said in an article for Real Business that family businesses need a lot of consideration when writing a will, especially if non-related employees are involved.

She highlighted that having a family discussion is one of the best ways to address any issues.