In Australia, a baby is born about every one and a half minutes: roughly 900 per day. However, roughly half that number also die each day. Positive news on the one hand, not so positive on the other. But ‘that’s life’ as they say.
For the new borns, life beckons with all its promises and all its challenges. The departed are at peace – but life for those they leave behind might not be peaceful at all, at least for a while. How so?
One reason concerns culture: most in our society are not comfortable with the reality of death. We apparently prefer not to talk about it (the subject is all but taboo) and rarely discuss planning for it.
This leads to another reason for survivors being ‘in a mess’ following a loved one’s passing: on top of the significant emotional issues, people are also completely unaware of the numerous tasks that must be carried out by the executor of the deceased’s estate, whether a family member, friend, or professional.
In plain language, most people have no idea of how many tasks there are – and even less about what they are. How do we know this? We ran focus groups for eighteen months with invited guests and discussed these very issues with them. During the sessions, we asked invitees to respond to two fundamental questions.
Question 1 was: Approximately how many steps are there from the passing of a loved one to the Court granting probate (accepting that the last Will & Testament, if there is one, is authentic)?
Most in the focus groups answered between five and eight steps. So imagine their surprise when we revealed that in most cases there are more than 25.
Question 2 was: ‘Approximately how many steps are there between the granting of probate and the actual distribution of the estate?’
Most answers clustered around the four to nine mark. There are, in many cases, more than 20 steps.
Our information was based on the research we did with a highly experienced legal practitioner. At first, the information we gleaned was anecdotal, but when we realised there was so much of it, we decided to turn what we learned into two checklists. Neither is an official legal document but both may benefit those who would like to talk to a lawyer about critical post-death issues.
Now, you as a welcome visitor have an opportunity to access the first checklist for free. It covers 29 potential steps from death to probate – and you can download it right here.
We’ll happily provide the second checklist – potentially 23 steps from probate to the distribution of the estate – for free to all Now Sorted clients upon request.
If you believe that neither you nor your loved ones have much knowledge of what needs to be done on the passing of a loved one (after all, it’s not an every day topic) we are delighted to make these two checklists available so that you may discuss them with a legal practitioner of your choice.
See much more on your ‘prepared for anything’ plan at www.nowsorted.com