For your last wishes to become true, your family will need to know what they are
Whatever stage of life you’ve reached, a properly drafted Will is something you simply cannot afford to be without … EVERYONE must have a Will!
It is quite simply the ONLY way to ensure your wishes are followed in relation to what happens to your assets.
But while it’s well known that your Will looks after what happens to your money, property and other valuables, what about your body?
Many people do not feel comfortable making their own funeral arrangements, but as everyone will die at some point, you should really give it some thought. Would you prefer a simple cremation, a religious burial ceremony or perhaps you might wish to leave your body to science.
Around 600 people leave their body to medical science every year but if you’d like to join that number you will need to include a specific clause in your Will to cover this very issue as your decision has to be made in writing and witnessed. This clause is particularly important as your decision to leave your body to science will affect your family and some family members find it hard to come to terms with this wish.
You should inform your next of kin and the executor of your Will (if they’re not the same person) as your executor or next of kin will not be allowed to arrange a whole body donation if you have not given consent yourself during your life.
It is also very important your solicitors are made aware of the deceased’s wish to donate their body. This makes sure the necessary administrative procedures are started promptly to meet the timescales required by medical schools.
OUR TOP TIPS:
- Make a Will – this states what you want to happen after your death and it’s the only way to protect your assets for your loved ones.
- Prepare a Letter of funeral wishes to sit alongside your Will –simple decisions such as flowers, burial or scattering of ashes? By making clear your wishes for the arrangements you will avoid any potential disagreements at a stressful time for your loved ones.
- Whatever decision you reach on what happens to you after death; make sure you tell your family what your last wishes are.
If you would like to discuss making a Will to ensure your final wishes are respected, please call Eilidh Jordan on 0114 290 6206 or email Eilidh on Eilidh.Jordan@keebles.com.