You are absolutely correct, there is nothing to stop anyone leaving specific amounts in the will rather than percentages.
However if the specific amounts are going to be quite large, that can be problematical because there may not be enough money to pay the large amounts and hence, relatively small amounts would be paid as fixed sums but if the person writing the will once to dispose of the whole estate, it’s normal to do it as a percentage.
Otherwise, if the estate is worth, for example, £200,000 when they eventually die, and they have left £50,000 to each of 5 people each of them is going to have to take a small hit or there can be an argument and hence, in cases like that, it is wise to do percentages.
If on the other hand the person is leaving 5 people £10,000 each and the rest to one particular person, there is no problem with that because there is enough in the estate to cover all the requests and leave some residue for the one particular person remaining.
The beneficiaries of the estate have a potential claim against the will writer and the will writing company if the beneficiaries have been disadvantaged as a result of the incorrect advice.
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