We have become accustomed to the fact that matters in law control our lives to a very great extent, but in death it is probably even more so. We are prone to put off doing things, preferring to ignore matters that should be attended to now.
Legal documents – such as wills, life insurance policies, title deeds or any important documents should be kept in a safe place – but not a secret place. At least one responsible person should be informed of their location. Bear in mind that a will is revoked by a subsequent marriage, therefore a new will should be made should you re-marry.
Bank accounts – joint accounts are preferable in the case of husbands and wives, otherwise an account could be “frozen” for a period of time.
Bequeathing of the body, or parts of it, to science – if you wish to do this, arrangements should be made in advance, usually by completing a form of authority available from the relevant hospital or university. Once again, it should not a be “secret” and somebody close, preferably the next of kin, should be informed in order for the recipient source to be notified at the appropriate time.
A pre-arranged funeral – It is a way of making arrangements in a calm and unemotional atmosphere and also assures you that you will have the funeral that you want. – A form is available for you to download here to assist you in your preparations. Pre Arranged Funeral Information (PDF 417kb)
A pre-arranged funeral not only provides all relevant information it also alleviates the anxiety that goes with decision making at such a time. unlike other funeral directors, we offer to pre-arrange a funeral, absolutely free.
Probate and Death Duties – needless expense and sometimes hardship to families can be relieved by proper pre-planning. A legal authority specialising in this issue should be consulted – it is a highly specialised matter today.