Each May, the Dying Matters coalition runs its annual awareness week (www.dyingmatters.org/YODO) to raise the public’s understanding of why planning for the end of your life is so important. There are a huge number of events and online activities taking place throughout the week which are designed to get the public talking about death – which is seemingly still one of the most taboo subjects to discuss!
The importance of planning for your death cannot be underestimated. While it’s safe to say that it won’t be a task that many of us look forward to, having a plan in place will ensure that your family isn’t subjected to additional stress and upset at what will undoubtedly be an emotional time. Planning well in advance for when the time comes can also be a positive experience which enables you to ensure that you leave a lasting legacy that benefits the people you want it to.
Dying Matters is aiming to raise awareness of five key tasks that everyone should consider doing:
- Write your will
- Record your funeral wishes
- Plan your future care and support
- Consider registering as an organ donor
- Tell your loved ones your wishes
As estate administration specialists, Kings Court Trust is all too aware of the problems that can be caused in the event of someone dying without a will in place. A well written will should explain exactly how you want your assets to be distributed, as well as outlining specific requests that will ensure there is no misunderstanding about how you want things to be handled after you’ve died.
If a will is in place, the administration of an estate can be a much more straightforward process that ultimately allows families to move on with their lives sooner rather than later. You can find out more about probate and what is involved at www.kctrust.co.uk.
Kings Court Trust also offers a Freephone Probate Advice Line, where you can find out more about what needs to be done when someone passes away and what support is available to you. To speak to one of our friendly team, call us free on 0800 014 7334 for an informal chat.