As part of Money Week Amanda Wilton-Skinner tells her story here about having to wait a year before getting access to her husband's life insurance and assets after he died due to him not having a Will.
Since 76 year old Aretha Franklin passed away recently it has come to light that she did not have a Will and there is now talk that her personal finances will be made public while her sons list themselves as "interested parties" in recent court documents. Click here to read more.
I am always conscious when discussing a situation: I don't know what was going on for them. Aretha Franklin was beloved of many people - including me and my family - so it feels disrespectful to comment on Ms Franklin's estate arrangements. But if that name got you to read this blog post, and then get your own Will sorted out, then that will have been helpful. It is worth doing. You just don't know what is going to happen. Yes, I mean you.
Recent research conducted by Perpetual Guardian found that 38% of Kiwi's don't have a will. Of those without a will 55 per cent had children and 45 per cent owned their own home. Click here to read more.