National Wills Week takes place from 13 – 17 September 2021. This is an initiative of the Law Society that offers South Africans the opportunity to have a basic Will drawn up, free of charge by one of the participating attorneys.
But why should you bother?
Because, you surely want to decide what will happen to your possessions and assets in the event of your death? Not to mention, making provision for your spouse or partner and children if you have any. A valid Will is the only way to ensure your wishes are followed.
If you die without a valid Will
If you die without a Will, it can take a long time to wind up your estate and there may be extra and unnecessary costs. It may also cause conflict among your family, as they argue what you would have wanted without any clear instructions from you.
So, if you are over the age of 18, do use this opportunity to have a Will drawn up during National Wills Week, regardless of your financial circumstances or state of health. Right now, in light of the threat posed by Covid-19, dying unexpectedly is something we all need to consider.
Leaving a legacy
If your own family is grown up and independent, you might like to make provision in your Will for children who will never be grown up and independent in the sense we know it … those who suffer from intellectual disabilities.
Most of us get great satisfaction from doing good … helping to make the world a better place and changing the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves.
Leaving a bequest to the LITTLE EDEN Society is a way of continuing this influence beyond your own lifetime.
A legacy can serve as a wonderful memorial – keeping your spirit of compassion and generosity alive for years to come. It’s also a way of saving money, as gifts to tax registered charities are exempt from estate duty and may reduce the size of your estate to the point where it will not attract any tax.
The residents at LITTLE EDEN are here for life – and we have made a commitment to care for them as long as they live. By naming the ‘LITTLE EDEN Foundation’ in your Will, you’ll be an integral part of the LITTLE EDEN story forever.
For more information about the LITTLE EDEN Society, please contact PR and Communications Co-Ordinator, Rethabile Lechela at 011 609 7246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.