It seems to come around faster as each year passes, and I don’t know about you but I every year I find myself reminiscing about when the children were small, or when I was younger, and had hair! Anyway, so all the usual movies are on and I can’t help myself noticing ones that contain a reading of the Will. In typical ‘here’s one I prepared earlier’ style, a brief list that comes to mind is Grand Budapest Hotel, Brewsters Millions and of course Rain Man.
Contrary to popular belief though, the reading of the Will doesn’t always happen with such grand ceremony and splendour, but then most of us don’t live our lives in Hollywood. Most of us do however, usually see our families at Christmas time in a demonstration of how much we care about each other, or perhaps to get that once a year visit out of the way! And what a great opportunity therefore to talk about your Will. “Well, I hear you say, it’s a bit of a morbid subject to talk about at Christmas.” It doesn’t need to be though, you can make it fun. Start talking about who wants what, I bet you that will put the cat amongst the pigeons, and if it does throw up a few surprises you’re better off knowing than not.
Being the time of year where everyone is supposed to feel festive and charitable, you might want to consider a special bequest to help someone or a charity that’s always been close to your heart, or perhaps making sure your children or grandchildren get the best education.
Don’t be surprised to find that some of your family, especially your children, have very specific expectations about your Will, and perhaps were waiting for the right moment to talk to you about it.
It’s worth remembering that Wills aren’t all about giving things away. If you have small children, having family and friends together might be a good time to think about who you would want to be their guardians if you were no longer here for them.
Lastly, remember that if people do find it a little difficult to talk about, say that this is just for now. Wills can always be changed and updated so nothing is set in stone, unless of course you want it to be!
This information provided in this article is not intended to constitute legal advice and each relationship breakdown requires careful consideration in our view by a fully qualified Solicitor before decisions are made and before you embark on a certain course of action.
Penn Chambers Solicitors
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