Leave a Lasting Legacy
What is a will?
A will is a written, legal record of how you wish your property and finances to be handled after your death. If you die in the absence of such a document, which means you die intestate (without leaving a will), it could mean your wishes are in danger of being unfulfilled: the beneficiaries may not be the people that you would have chosen.
Why is it important for Christians to make a will?
- good stewardship including provision for your loved ones
- a chance to show generosity and make a difference for future generations
- a chance to make a declaration of your beliefs and values
Jesus told a parable about a rich man who built bigger barns to house his wealth and plan his retirement. The man was unaware that there was a greater claim on his life than his own personal satisfaction. The challenge here is to live our lives in a way that honours God - by being good stewards of the gifts entrusted to us. It also reminds us that what we accumulate is never ours and we can’t take it with us.
Other good reasons for making a will
- a chance to put one’s house in order regarding personal finances
- to avoid the complications that can arise through dying without having made a will
- to take advantage of the tax benefits of making a will
Some people may feel daunted at the prospect of making a will and it should never be underestimated how emotive the process can be. However the will is also an opportunity to achieve peace of mind, or to use the old adage: ‘to get your affairs in order’. This may also include reviewing your tax position, considering the potential impact of care fees, claims against your estate and all other matters of particular relevance to you.
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