A private legal practitioner at Paintsil Paintsil & Co. has observed that eight out of every 10 people in the country are likely to die without making a will.

Sharing information on Intestate Succession Law (PNDCL 111) on JoyNews’ legal show, The Law, Kweku Paintsil said Ghanaians lack the culture of making wills hence the trend.

While encouraging everyone to make a will, he noted that few women make wills for unknown reasons.

“From my own experience, no one woman ever walked to me to make a will; I don’t know why it happened so,” he told host Samson Lardy Anyenini.

The head of Paintsil, Paintsil & Co., however, explained that in situations where a person dies intestate, there is a residuary clause in the law used when issues about property arise.

“And that clause will normally try to capture properties that you will not have acquired at the time but which possibly come your way, and then you will expressly provide that those properties may go to specific people,” he explained.

He added, “We have a Law called the PNDC Law 111, it’s a 1985 law that was passed to regulate the estate of all people who die without a will or who leaves properties behind that ought to be administered.”

Mr Paintsil also noted that a man might make a will, but there is the possibility that some properties that the testator have, for some reason or the other, could not be captured by a will.

This, he explained, is because people acquire properties even after they have made their wills.

“But as I said, from my own experience, out of every 10 people, I believe about eight will not make wills,” he stressed.

The private legal practitioner also noted that people normally skip making wills, possibly because it is handled by human beings.