IT’S NATIONAL WILLS WEEK FROM 17 SEPTEMBER TO 21 SEPTEMBER
If you do not have a Will, now is your opportunity to have a basic Will drafted, free of charge. This service is being offered by the Law Society of South Africa, and to establish which Attorneys are participating, please visit the Law Society’s website at http://www.lssa.org.za/our-initiatives/advocacy/national-wills-week
Why must you have a Will?
By making a Will you ensure that your assets are disposed of in accordance with your wishes after your death. This privilege is called “Freedom of testation”
Why should an attorney draft your Will?
Attorneys are professionals, qualified in law. An attorney can advise you on any problem which may arise with regard to your Will. An Attorney has the necessary knowledge and expertise to ensure that your Will is valid and complies with your wishes.
Often a Will is not valid because the person who drafts it does not have the necessary legal knowledge to ensure that the requirements of the law are met.
What happens to your Estate if you die without a valid Will?
If you die without leaving a valid Will, your assets will be distributed according to the provisions of the Intestate Succession Act. The provisions of this Act are generally fair and ensure that your possessions are transferred to your spouse and children.
But, the following problems may arise if you die without leaving a Will:
* Your assets may not be left to the person of your choice.
* It can take a long time to have an executor appointed, who may be somebody you may not have chosen yourself.
* There can be extra and unnecessary costs.
* There can be unhappiness and conflict among members of your family, because there are no clear instructions on how to distribute your assets.
WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY
Remembering TEARS in your Will is an incredible way to celebrate your life as an animal lover and allows you to continue giving to the dogs and cats in our care beyond your lifetime. Most people consider that legacies are about death, but to the animals in our care, legacies mean happiness, and the opportunity to have a second chance at life.
Having an up to date Will is the most important thing you can do to make sure that when you pass away your loved ones will be looked after in the way that you want. It is also an opportunity to make sure that your chosen charity (or charities) and the cause you hold dear is not forgotten.
People who leave gifts in their Wills to our organisation do so for a variety of reasons; some remember us because of the dogs or cats that they have adopted from us which have given them so much joy, companionship and love. Others have been overjoyed that we have found their lost pet and wanted to show their gratitude. Many are in awe of the tireless work we do in the disadvantaged communities of the southern peninsula, helping to alleviate cruelty, abuse and neglect and provide free sterilisation services. Then there are the cat lovers who respect our tenacity to bring relief to the feral cats of the cape peninsula, through our Feral Cat Sterilisation and Monitoring Project. Regardless of how they have come to know TEARS, they all share one thing; a love of defenseless animals and a desire to help the ones that need it the most. Therefore, remembering animals in your Will is a powerful way to leave an enduring legacy of compassion and kind-heartedness.
If you are in a position to leave a bequest to the dogs and cats, as well as to other creatures who come through our doors, you will be helping us to not only care for the companion animals in the low-income communities we serve, but also to provide shelter and hope, and the chance of a forever home, for the many dogs, cats and other animals who find themselves in the care of TEARS. Looking after so many animals is very costly, and involves a considerable amount of veterinary treatment, from the day-to-day kind, to medical emergencies, operations, and long-term care.
So, if animals have brought joy into your life, remembering TEARS in your Will is a wonderful way to celebrate your love of our four-legged friends and other animals, and costs you nothing in your lifetime.
Remembering your own pets
When drawing up or amending your Will, please don’t forget about your own pets. Family and friends are often left with having to make a decision about the future of your pets, once you pass on, so it is important that you make provision for them in your Will.
There are different types of Bequests which you can select, namely
* Residue of your Estate
* A percentage of your Estate
* A specific sum of money
* A Life Insurance Policy
If you would like to find out more about leaving the ultimate gift to celebrate your love of animals, please contact Marilyn Hoole on 021 7886475 / 0836516343, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A WILL, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NATIONAL WILLS WEEK, and let an Attorney write your will for FREE!