19 March 2014
By Sarah Beresford, Marketing Manager
So What…It’s that age-old question…So What? I love it really; it cuts to the chase, and across everything you do. I’ve just brought my own house, I have a family and hold down a responsible job – well I like to call it that! I got to think the other day, what would happen if I weren’t here? It makes you shudder and is absolutely horrible to think about (let alone write it down!). But, let’s face it, life goes on and I know I am not invincible.
This is the bit where you think I go all melancholy or something…well no. I feel I’ve worked hard for what I have achieved, and really, I want some of what I’ve worked for to continue after I go. I have a son, who’s 11 and will hopefully (if he knuckles down and does well at school) have a bright and sparkling career. I’d like to think that some of what I work for now is going to help him in future.
Oh why, oh why, oh why, then, do I avoid making a Will?
Having thought about it, I think it’s just that I can’t face the fact I won’t be here, and I always think things will turn out OK in the end. Recently, having worked for solicitors for a number of years now, in my role of Marketing Manager, I realise things aren’t as straightforward as they seem. It isn’t as easy as all that to simply divvy up your things when you die, and there are loads of financial implications associated to having a Will. I’ve also seen the stress it puts people under, especially when things just aren’t clear and have come to the conclusion that making a Will now protects my love ones from any more undue anxiety.
If, like me, you are considering getting a Will – do not fear, it is simple to do and gives you peace of mind. Athi Law is family firm and can really help you as and when you need it. Here’s my list of the four important things you may need to consider when you’re doing a will:
- Who should be the guardian of your children (if you have them)
- What gifts you’d like to leave and how are you going to allocate your assets
- Who will be the Executors of your Will (these are people who will manage your Will when you go) – you’ll need address details etc.
- Remember to sign and date your Will, and indicate it’s the one you want to be referred to, over and above any others out there in existence!