Make a Will Week
April 8th – 14th, 2018
Great Grandma’s rocking chair has to go somewhere, doesn’t it? My grandkids. For my family’s future. To support my favorite charity. What about my dogs when I’m gone? What about my comics collection. For cancer research. My niece will love my antique jewelry collection. Who’s going to take care of my cats? Who gets the photograph albums? For pet adoption. My church is important to me. I want my family to be secure. I want to help my congregation. Who’s going to sail my boat? It’s easier than you think to provide for the people in charities you care about.
Make a Will …then get on with Living your Life!
It’s not an apocalyptic statement to say we’re all going to die. It’s a practical reality. I often re-state the quote with a slightly more fun version, “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” ( …there’s a version with chocolate in one hand and champagne in the other that I prefer! And, this ‘Drink Champagne and Eat Chocolate’ philosophy of living stems from some very hard life (death) experiences. Three significant deaths of immediate family members brought on some personal challenges – grief and thrown into raising kids as a single parent. Throughout the grief of these difficult experiences, I never lost sight of living. I remember at one point just not wanting to get up off the couch. Ever. But, I recalled a conversation on one of my sailing race days where one of the guys had stopped living after a painful divorce. He said he wished he’d kept on sailing, because he would have recovered faster. It was the memory of this conversation that made me get off that couch and firmly decide to keep on living and keep doing what I do no matter how much of an effort it took. As always, I was glad for getting out to be active and stay engaged in living. Eventually, I really was living and not just going through the motions.
Our past, painful experiences can be a stumbling block. Facing the thought of making a Will can be practical for some and uncomfortable for others. I get it. I’ve had to revise my own several times due to unexpected circumstances. And then face my own mortality too. In a nutshell, if you own anything …even a simple bank account …having a Will makes things easier for those you leave behind. Every year, the Province of BC, and the Society of BC Notaries Public, sponsor Make-A-Will Week as reminder to all British Columbians to get this very important document done. Frankly, I think there should be a government induced incentive for doing it, such as being able to write the cost against your income in the same way that medical expenses or kids sport are allowed. Please note that I have this particular item on my personal “TO DO” list to take up with the Government. This year Make-A-Will Week occurs April 8-14, 2018. I encourage you to just do your Will and then get on with Living your Life. Once done, tuck it away and just don’t think about it unless you must.
More about my practice
As a Notary Public, I practice in the areas of Wills and Estates. I can do Wills for about 75% of people. To start the process call us and we will email you a questionnaire to fill out ahead of the interview appointment. This gives you a chance to provide facts and details, as well as, consider your assets and final wishes and gifts. In some cases, you may not know what you want to do and you need to get some feedback from me before making a final decision. I regularly tell people that their Will may end up relatively straight forward, but often their lives aren’t as simple. For example, you may have a blended family. Or, you wish to disinherit someone. These are examples of why you need a professional to talk to, who will advise you on making a Will that will meet your needs and consider all angles of the law.
I love what I do! And, I invite you to make me your Notary of Choice to:
- Make a Will
- Appoint as an Executor
Other Documents Your Should Consider in addition to Your Will:
- Power of Attorney
- Health Representation Agreement
- Advance Health Directive