It seems that even though the emotional stress of dealing with the toll of the unexpected death of a loved family member is overwhelming, many aspects of the grieving process still lay in wait. While many family members reach out to each other, possibly after not having spoken for months, and offer each other support and consolation, several members of the immediate family need to start making additional preparations. This will include some form of a funeral, as well as other events, which are meant to bring people together to honour the memory of the deceased. Even current or previous office workers may try to put together an event in remembrance of the passing of their dear friend.
Most people, especially if they are of an advanced age, leave behind certain possessions which need to be distributed amongst their friends and family members. Preferably, this can be done through a will which is recognized by the local Court. One or more people will be selected to carry out the wishes as detailed in the will, and these people will have to go to the local probate Registry office to file all the necessary paperwork. If the deceased left behind a surviving spouse, many other assets may have very well been held jointly, in which case the surviving spouse inherits the items held jointly. Otherwise, the situation can get a little more complicated, especially if there are many family members who are expecting, for one reason or another, to receive some part of the deceased’s estate.
Love Can Provide the Answer
Most people really don’t focus a lot of time on their death, which is only natural. There are those who tend to dwell on it a little too much, and there are also those who unfortunately find themselves battling a terminal disease, and of course wind up having to deal with the unavoidable end of their life. But for those that are healthy, death is typically a remote concept; possibly not unlike scaling Mount Everest. But the idea of leaving their loved ones in a state of disarray once they’re gone and having to deal with a messy process of allocating all of their assets, will often give them the impetus to sit down and write a will. This is an important step that everyone should undertake, not unlike having a sound financial plan. The will itself should be drafted with the help of the solicitor, to make sure that it will ultimately be legally valid in the eyes of the Court.
It’s also good idea to revise and review the will every few years. Circumstances change: one may have additional children welcomed into the family, or they may go through a divorce and remarry. There are many unexpected situations which can occur, and which one should address in their will. This way, if they should die unexpectedly, they will have a final testament which reflects their very latest wishes and desires.
Keep It Simple for the Survivors
Being the executor of a will is a complicated process, which involves not only tax forms but also all the necessary documents that must be filed at the local probate Registry in order for the process to be complete. Having a solicitor assist in these matters is highly recommended, as they know the process intimately, and can save one a lot of time and effort with expert guidance.