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Will You Die Intestate?

19762015_sMany of us do not like to consider our own mortality.  Yet, for people with courage and a sense of responsibility; they do draft a valid, up to date, properly witnessed will, reflecting their wishes for the distribution of their estate when they die. Unfortunately too many people die intestate, meaning they die without a will.  It is estimated that 50% of Canadians do not have a valid will.

Recently I was assisting two young men between 21 and 25 years of age.  Their mother died suddenly and unexpectedly and she did not have a will.  These young men are now thrown into the estate area with no idea of what their mother had, what she wanted done with the residue of her estate nor where her important papers were.  What a way to grow up fast!  I choose to believe that she did not knowingly intend to leave this mess for her sons to figure out on their own.

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