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If you plan on living on forever, you had better have a pretty clever idea about it - something that makes you different from the normal people who do sooner or later die. Cryonics is a good idea as an attempt to avoid death. But if you are planning on that, then you REALLY need a WILL! Long-term, your best chance of survival is GOOD PLANNING, and because there is no certainty, it's a good idea to have made a Will in advance, before the unexpected but not unforeseen happens. Now these helpful people at Friendly Wills have devised a way you can write your own Will. It's inexpensive, involves not much fuss, and most importantly, YOU decide what you want! You can link and write your own Will now at www.friendlywills.co.uk , or you can read the rest of this page, which contains commonsense talk on this important matter. There are some important insights into philosophy, and it is worth reading and then make your own mind up! ...
Nobody can offer you immortality - and if they do, they're lying - but by making a Will, you can still look after your loved ones, after death.
Hopefully your appointment with the thin guy with the scythe is a long way off but a Will is the only sure means of knowing your wishes will be carried out. It's also a way of taking stock, and putting niggling worries to rest.
For a single person, a Will means your parents won't have to deal with the added upset of sorting out your finances; you can nominate a close friend or professional to wrap up your estate and maintain your privacy beyond the grave too. You can also leave personal bequests. You might know your cousin always coveted your white-label vinyl collection but your parents probably won't. Would you rather it went to a charity shop? Your Will's the chance to say.
Once you have children, making a Will's even more important. If you'd like your kids to attend the school of your choice, or spend their inheritance on their education, or if you'd rather the money was held in trust until they reach the sensible age of 21... it's not going to happen without a Will.
Set down your intentions on paper, and you can even arrange a special gift, like a watch or ring, for your child's 18th birthday, wishing them many happy returns even if you're not there to see it.
Possibly the worst scenario for a child is losing both parents. In such sad circumstances, children need security. Who would be the best guardians? Maybe grandparents are the first choice, but which ones? And would living with granny involve a distressed child leaving home, school and friends behind? What about later? Active 70 year-olds can handle a 6 year-old but will they be able to cope with a bolshy teenager, in their 80s?
Settling these issues call for a stiff drink, a hard think, and serious discussions. It's never the most cheerful way to spend an evening, but wouldn't you rather important decisions were sorted out while you're still around to have a say in matters?
www.friendlywills.co.uk offer a quick and user-friendly way to write your Will online, for less than £30.
Live forever? No chance. The only certainties in life are death and taxes. However, there's a way you can take charge of the future, even if you're not around to see it - make a Will. But a staggering 66% of the UK population just don't bother. Why?
My Partner Inherits Everything Automatically
Fact: The term 'common-law' partner has no legal force. Especially important for same-sex couples, this applies to all partnerships, with or without children.
My Kids Will Get The Lot
Fact: If you're unmarried with children, your estate's shared equally between your kids - without a Will, your partner gets nothing, not even the family home. Your children won't be able to access the money until they reach adulthood as it will be held in trust.
If your estate's worth under £125,000, and you're married, your spouse gets everything... whatever the circumstances. If you're separated but not divorced, your intended-ex will still inherit. If your estate's worth more, your spouse gets the first £125,000 plus personal effects and a life interest (income only) in the remaining 50% of your estate. Your children don't have rights to heirlooms.
My Children Won't Be Allowed To Squander It
Fact: After their 18th birthday, they can do whatever they like! If your child prefers to spend their inheritance on a Ferrari rather than on university tuition fees, there's no legal way to stop them.
Don't Need To Worry - I Won't Be Around To See It!
Fact: True. But you're a grown-up, so why not make sure you've done the right thing by your family if the worst should happen? Immediately after losing a loved one isn't the best time to get involved in legal wrangling.
It's Too Much Hassle
Fact: Now for the good news... making a basic, legally-binding will isn't daunting. Log on to www.friendlywills.co.uk and you can organise a straight-forward Will online, in your lunch hour. It costs under £30 and takes under 30 minutes. Even if you're not around to appreciate it, your family will certainly be glad you did.
'Nothing so became him in this life as the manner of his passing'... not a bad epitaph. If you want to make a last, lasting statement, making a Will is a good start.
Don't fancy a run-of-the-mill funeral? Paula Yates went to meet her maker in a white mink bikini by Jasper Conran. Maybe you'd like a woodland burial, a 'green funeral' or a full-on affair with black-plumed horses and a choir. Would you like your ashes sprinkled in the Nevada Desert, or Dartford Creek? It's your call. Even if you'd rather be buried in a cardboard box with enough money behind the bar for a great send-off at your ex-local... if you don't say, it won't happen.
Would you like an enduring memorial? Spike Milligan had the last laugh on his tombstone with 'I told you I was ill'. Want to be remembered beyond the grave? How about an eccentric bequest? E.J. Halley of Memphis, Tennessee who died in 1910, left $5000 'To the nurse who kindly removed a pink monkey from the foot of my bed'. Drink may have been involved in his demise. Want to remain involved in pet project? Philosopher Jeremy Bentham was so keen to maintain his presence at UCL that his mummified remains sit on public display in the college to this day.
Inspired? Maybe not. But imagine how nice it would be to leave a bequest for your family, to celebrate your 100th birthday with a rip-roaring party. Or to guarantee each of your grand-daughters a dozen red roses on her wedding day. Or to make sure your partner receives present from you, on their birthday, for the rest of their lives?
Don't forget you can leave money to your favourite charities in your Will - only 14% of people consider this option. You can make donations to your old school or university, and you can even support your football team beyond the grave. Remembering a charity in your Will may also prevent your estate from paying inheritance tax.
You might be gone, but make sure you're not forgotten. www.friendlywills.co.uk offer a quick and user-friendly way to write your Will online, for less than £30.
Zyra: So, there it is. Will-writing made simple! Of course you could just walk away and hope that by not thinking about Wills, death, and planning for the future, etc it'll all just go away and you'll never die. I would argue that the opposite is the case. By deliberately planning for eventualities it may if anything help to PREVENT such things happening. I mean, if you take out an umbrella just in case it might rain, isn't that umbrella more likely to come home DRY?! By that rationale, you should make a Will and it may help avoid your death!
here's the link: FriendlyWills.co.uk
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LAST: Unexpectedly the affiliate program has apparently died, and no-one ever expected it would. So, what now? They left no instructions on what should be done if that should happen! So, what is to be done?! Advice: You should definitely write a Will and DO NOT die intestate (without a Will). ... How about getting a WH Smith Will-Kit?! Also, see the additional WRITE YOUR WILL resource here. This has been added to include a variety of useful resources to do with Will-writing.
Also see Wills.org.uk
Also, if you have much money, and you live in the UK, try to make sure you escape and emigrate at least ten years before you die, or the UK government could end up collecting it. See the unfair laws about death duties (inheritance tax) and DOMICILE
Incidentally, the Friendly Wills website www.friendlywills.co.uk seems to have changed drastically and now (2012) appears to be a website in Japanese promoting "prevention of hair fall-out" and the growing of bushy hair by means of some natural plant extracts. The new site with the new line of business does not appear to have an affiliate program, although if it did, it would be in the hair category!