This morning I watched on iPlayer BBC 2 a fascinating programme, 'Can't Take It With You' (shown last night at 9.00pm) fronted by Sir Gerry Robinson (twinkly blue eyes and razor sharp mind).
Recommended by Martin Chapman of Making Your Money Make Sense I was intrigued by the very human stories behind the whole issue of making wills.
70% of us don't make a will due to the big British taboo of discussing anything to do with money or death. Not making a will or making the wrong will can tear families apart and this programme focused on those who were in the process of making difficult wills and trying to balance different family priorities.
For example there was Tom, an Army Major preparing for his mission to Iraq and his new wife Kiera of two years whom he met online. Tom had two step-daughters from a previous marriage and saw himself as their dad albeit not their biological one. This in itself gave rise to all sorts of challenges. Kiera the new wife (without children) really didn't want part of Tom's estate going to his two daughters. It was fascinating seeing them all around the table trying to come to terms with the issues each faced, moral and practical.
Modern relationships make having a water-tight will so vital because of the complexity of present-day connections and the programmers obviously believe that conflicts must be addressed whilst all parties are still alive.
Martin of Making Your Money Make Sense also agrees that big decisions need to be talked about. Martin has over 25 years in the financial services industry and knows how not talking about your will can destroy families and partnerships.
If you want any advice to help you get organised then call Martin on Newark 01636 609864 or 07767 450097