Unusual Last Wills

While most of us write a Will in order that our financial affairs are in order and that our loved ones will be looked after once we are gone. Some people have used them to make political points, or just for a bit of a laugh. Over the next few weeks I am going to blog some of the strangest last wishes of the famous.

I’m going to start with William Shakespeare, who died in 1616. His last wish was that his wife Anne, receive his ‘second best bed’. This naturally led to speculation about their relationship, despite it not being uncommon at the time to leave a good quality bed in your Will, it was only his second best! He also left an epitaph on his grave ‘Blest be the man that spares these stones, / and cursed be he that moves my bones’ While some say that he meant to frighten off grave robbers the wording was taken so seriously that when his wife died 7 years later, they would not allow her body to be placed with his.

The wording of a Will is a powerful thing and is remembered as your last wishes.


British Liver Trust

Peace of Mind – call today to make your Will
The British Liver Trust is the only adult liver charity in the UK; 2013 is its 25th anniversary. There are many different types of liver disease, including genetic conditions with no known cause.

Over 11,500 people die of liver disease every year; it is known as the ‘silent killer’ as symptoms often do not show until it is too late.

British Liver Trust provides advice, support and information for patients and families and aims to reduce the numbers affected in the future through awareness raising and campaigning activities, such as their Love Your Liver campaign (www.loveyourliver.org.uk) and being part of the Long Live Britain screening programme, shown on BBC1 in August.

We are proud to be supporting British Liver Trust throughout September by offering our services free of charge to create a standard, mirror or codicil Will, in exchange for a donation to the charity. To book an appointment call us today quoting ‘British Liver Trust’.

For more information about the charity’s work, please visit www.britishlivertrust.org.uk


Summer Holidays

I hope everyone is enjoying the long summer holidays. It’s been lovely to see the sun this year.. Living in Bristol we have 80 Gromits to find so plenty to keep me busy along with writing Wills.

 

 


Lasting Power of Attorney

One in three people over 65 will develop dementia. Yet don’t assume relatives can just walk into a bank and access your money, even to pay for your care. Too many families face the nightmare of a difficult and costly court process to take control.
A Lasting Power of Attorney allows some one you have chosen and trust to make decisions on your behalf, whether it be Health and Welfare or Property and Finance.

Thinking and talking about what would happen if our faculties deserted us is uncomfortable. Yet you need to consider how much worse the situation would be if you became incapacitated through a stroke, accident, dementia (eg, Alzheimer’s) without sorting it first.
If a Lasting Power of Attorney is not in place then your family would have to go to the court of protection and make an application to be able to handle your affairs. this is an extremely costly and time consuming business as anyone who has, had to do it will testify.

It can be a costly business setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney if you go through a solicitor who may charge in the region of £600 to complete the documentation . This is a lot of money and very off putting to many people. I am not a solicitor but I am legally trained and can act as certificate provider for your Lasting Power of Attorney. My fees are far more accessible at £150 and I will always try and get a redemption or reduction on the Office of Public Guardian’s fee to register the documents. Don’t delay what can be done today!


Insurance

I’m always surprised by how many people go through life without making a Will or a Lasting power of attorney, the same people wouldn’t dream of leaving their homes uninsured. Taking the time to think about what you would like to happen to your belongings, but most importantly your children if the unthinkable happened is so important.

Comparably the cost of securing your families future inheritance is tiny compared to what we all spend on insuring our possessions during our lifetimes.