Certainties of life

2nd February 2016

Certainties of life

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There are, so the saying goes, only two things that are certain in life: death and taxes.

While it’s understandable that people are reluctant to talk about the former, not doing so means we can’t plan for the ultimate eventuality.

And our innate reluctance to tackle the subject is leaving families significantly under-prepared for the impact – both financial and otherwise – of death.

In one stark example featured in a report released this week by Aviva, more than one in four parents have an organ donor card – but only one in seven have a formal, written plan detailing who will take care of their children should anything happen to them.

The report also revealed:

• More than half of those questioned felt they should have a Will but hadn’t got round to arranging one

• 58% had not yet made a list of financial arrangements and providers to help their family sort out their affairs after their death

• Some 62% of adults whose parents were still alive said they hadn’t had any conversations together about their wishes in the event of their death.

We might not like the idea but the reality is that it is never too early to be thinking of making a Will. By doing so you are ensuring that your assets and estate go to the people you wish them to. Put simply, planning for the future is not complete without a Will.

Once you recognise that making these plans are an unavoidable part of life planning, it becomes less of an emotional task and more of a practical exercise.

How can our Solicitors help you?

Our specialist team of lawyers can meet you at one of our offices, Ipswich, Hadleigh or Felixstowe and can guide you through the process of making a Will, to ensure all your wishes are carried out just the way you want.

By making a Will sooner rather than later, you will give not only yourself but also those you care about peace of mind.

To find out how we can help, call us on 01473 211121 or email us at info@gotelee.co.uk for an informal chat or to make an appointment.

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