I was alarmed the other day when a new divorce client told me that she and her husband had already got a buyer for their matrimonial home and that they were going to use “the estate agent’s in-house solicitors up north somewhere”.
It is now increasingly common for people to have an “online identity” which consists not only of social networking profiles and email accounts but also online bank accounts, online investment accounts, storage of data such as photographs and music in “the cloud” and more. Have you considered what will happen to all of this information once you pass away?
While on holiday in Greece this summer, I was talking to the Welsh owner of the bar in which my wife and I were having an end of evening Greek brandy. He asked what I did and I told him. “You surprise me” he said “you seem too nice to be a lawyer”. Of course that pleased me but did it reflect the public’s perception of lawyers?
Your Will is one of the most important documents you will ever make. When we die, it is a difficult and stressful time for those we leave behind. Making sure that administering our estates is as straightforward as possible is one step we can take during our lifetimes to assist our loved ones. A well drafted Will is a crucial step in ensuring this.