07 Apr

Writing a will— often conjures up images of sombre lawyers, dimly lit offices, and hushed conversations about mortality. But what if I told you there’s a lighter side? Of course, protecting and distributing everything that you own is serious. However, even in estate planning, moments of fun, unexpected humour, and quirky requests defy the conventional “doom and gloom.”

I’ve heard some genuinely memorable statements from my clients.  So, let me share a few gems from my experiences. Each anecdote is reproduced with the client's permission, who, though deserving of accolade, shall remain anonymous.

I asked, "Do you have any funeral wishes?"

He answered yes, I love fishing, chuck me in the river and be done with it. The money saved will buy everyone a drink.

I asked, "Do you have any preference for organ donation?"

He said yes. Send me to the scrap yard. I have titanium hips and chrome-cobalt knees. My son should get a "few quid" from scrapping that lot.

I asked, "Do you want to leave any money?"

He said, yes, tell my family I have left £10k in my house and a further £10k buried in the garden. That way, I have a final laugh whilst they spend hours looking for money that does not exist, and they may even tidy the house for me.

I asked, "Do you want to forgive any debts?"

She said, hell no, in fact, you have just reminded me that I need to have a strong word with someone. 

I asked, "Are there any organs you don't want to donate, such as eyes or heart."

He said, "I contemplated donating my eyes but realised I'm short-sighted. Someone out there might be short-sighted, too, so why not? At least they'll be able to see what's right in front of them!" it's better than no eyes at all.

So, the next time you contemplate drafting your will, remember that it needn’t be all seriousness and stiff collars. Embrace the quirks, chat with me over a coffee, and know that even in the most formal legal documents, there’s room for a chuckle or two. After all, if you can't laugh, what can you do?

More anecdotes to follow, though feel welcome to tell me your own.

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