Where there's a Will...
One of the things that can put people off making a will is the legal language and outdated style that often goes with them. So we’ve updated our wills to make them more readable and user-friendly - they even have punctuation!
This means that now your will doesn’t need to be a sombre document; it can reflect your personality. After all funeral services are regarded as celebrations – so why not think about this when making your will and add your own personal touches?
For example, you may want to set aside some money for a get-together for a particular group of friends to send you off in style.
How about your personal effects?
Why not make a separate list of ‘who you want to have what’ and refer to that list in your will - it saves having to update your will if someone upsets you! Or go one better like the client whose will had all her household contents divided up into lots and the beneficiaries of her will had a draw for them. That was one way to get all the family together!
What about making sure that your pets are looked after, both physically and financially? But don’t be too sure that your cat couldn’t survive without you; they have remarkable adaptability and sixth sense. The executors of one client found this out when the will directed that the cat was to be ‘put down’ – incredibly the cat disappeared immediately after its owner died and was never found by them; probably living happily ever after in a new home!
Don’t ask the impossible. The disposal of ashes often causes problems for executors and families – groundsmen the world over don’t take kindly to having them scattered over their precious pitches and greens. And there are only limited areas where you can be buried at sea!
Do make sure that you’ve made gifts, however small, to those people and organisations that have meant a lot to you during your life, whether to Godchildren, friends and relatives or charities, clubs and the like.
Don’t be brow-beaten into conforming to the standard form of will – make sure it does what you want and says it in the way you want to; it is, after all, your lasting legacy.
Contact Malcolm Gibbs on 0800 827168 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any further information.
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