Make a Will – you can never be sure what’s around the corner!
It is a constant struggle for solicitors to persuade clients to make wills. It is partly that none of us like to talk about death (particularly our own) but, also, making a will is one of those things that feels as though it can always be put off to another day. It is quite common for clients who have been considering making a will finally to be prompted to do so:
- When somebody they know has died;
- When they have suffered an illness themselves;
- Immediately before going on holiday, even though, taking the world as a whole, you are statistically more likely to be kicked to death by a donkey than to die in an air crash (so next time you are sitting on an aeroplane and you see a donkey fly past the window you know you are really in trouble).
In fact, when we make a will for a client we are not simply selling a legal document, we are providing peace of mind. We live in an uncertain world and none of us can be sure what is around the corner and it is best if we are prepared.
For example, according to recent accident statistics:
- On average, 3 people die in the UK every year after testing a 9 volt battery on their tongue;
- About 31 people die in the UK every year after watering the Christmas tree while the fairy lights are switched on;
- 150 people are killed every year by being hit on the head by falling coconuts (admittedly probably not in the UK);
- Several thousand people require hospital treatment every year in the United States after accidents involving their trousers;
- Several thousand more people require hospital treatment after accidents involving their duvets;
- Worst of all around 1500 people each year require hospital treatment in the United States after answering the telephone while ironing and putting the wrong hand to their ear. Ouch!