Thursday, 29 May 2014
A 51 year old businessman from Delhi, Shailesh Khurana, was out on a business trip to Alwar, a small town in Rajasthan. On his way back, he met with an accident on the National Highway 2. A truck hit his Wagon R and Khurana was admitted in the ICCU in the nearest available facility. His family reached the hospital in 3 hours, but he did not survive the injuries. His family could not even say their goodbyes!
Khurana was a perfect family man. He used to work hard every day to secure the future of his wife and kids. Khurana left behind 2 sons, Rajesh and Rakesh. Rakesh is married and has 2 sons. Rajesh is married and is childless. Is there a Last Will? After the rituals were over, their family friend and lawyer Mr. Shetty, suggested that they talk about the asset distribution. Mrs. Khurana said that she wants that the entire business and property be divided equally amongst all the surviving heirs, just like her husband wanted. That means that the estate would be divided into 5 equal parts and given to his wife, his sons and his grandchildren. But Rajesh had a problem with this. He said that there should be only 3 parts, for his mother, his brother and him. He said that Rakesh should give his children out of his own share.
Rajni was shocked and could not believe that her son was dishonoring his father’s last wish. To this, Rajesh replied that if it was actually his father’s last wish, he should have put it down on legal paper and made a Last Will . Courtroom Drama That’s actually what Mr.Khurana should have done. That is what each of us should do. Make a last will. If we don't, then the courts will intervene to make that decision on our property. Khurana wanted his grandchildren to have an equal share in his Last Will. And which is correct and logical. The family fought each other in court and after 3 years and 8 months, Rajesh won the case and the assets were divided amongst the 3 of them. Rajesh and his wife now stay in a different city away from their family. Things could have ended differently. Only if Mr.Khurana would have made a last will.
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Ramesh NaaWillKar and Suresh AaWillKar are sipping a cocktail at a beautiful beach with white sand and blue waters. When they see a couple walking by, hand in hand. They both look at each other and exchanged a thought.
Ramesh – ‘It’s been a year since we've met our families.’
Suresh – ‘Yes! I miss my wife too’
Then they decide to go and meet God. Oops! I think I forgot to mention that they are in heaven and have been dead for a year. It’s precisely been a year today. So being their death anniversary, they think that it would be a great idea to go and visit their families and see how they are doing without them. Also they want to eat all the good food that their wives would have cooked for them.(In the Indian culture, we always keep the favorite foods of the dead out for them to savor on their death anniversary).
Talking about their alive days, Ramesh and Suresh were best friends and business partners. They both had 2 sons each. 3 of them were still in college, only Ramesh’s elder son was married. They both had loving wives who loved them, I mean respectively. Skipping to their death. It was a very unfortunate… never happened before… unique death. They died in a road accident.
Coming back to heaven. They went and met God. And it took them all of 3 and a half minutes to convince him. All they had to do was say that they were missing their wives. God was so impressed that there are 2 men on this planet who really miss their wives even after being in heaven. They really deserved this grant.
So now Mr. NaaWillKar and Mr. AaWillKar took the Cloud train to earth. When they reached here, they both went to their homes and met back at the beach at the end of the day. When Suresh returned, he was all happy and wanted to share all the happiness with his friend Ramesh. But he found Ramesh sitting at the beach chair with a long face.
But Suresh was so excited that he went and started talking. He said, ‘My wife and sons were at my home performing the puja. After which they went to a shelter home and donated some quilts. Then they came home and had my favorite brand of whisky with my favorite Tandoori Chicken.’
Then he asked Ramesh what was his family doing. He said ‘When I got home, no one was there. I lingered around and heard my neighbors talking about some court case. I walked 5 miles in the scorching sun and reached the court to find my wife talking to some lawyer.’ He followed his wife into a courtroom where he saw his sons and his daughter-in-law sitting on a bench. When the hearing started, he saw a complete bollywood masala movie scene at the courtroom. His wife was fighting his son. His daughter-in-law was fighting his wife. His son was fighting his other son. So basically it was a Mahabharata happening in his own family. And no one even remembered that it was his death anniversary. That he was gone. When they all reached home, his wife was sitting alone in their room. Deep in thoughts. He couldn’t interpret her thoughts. So he called up God for help. God was a little apprehensive because the thoughts weren’t pleasant. But nevertheless, he did tell him. He said and I quote, ‘Only if you would have left a will, my family would been happy like before.’
Suresh couldn’t believe it. Not that Ramesh’s family had spilt but that he didn't make a will. He said, ‘We both are best friends since I can remember. We did everything alike. I can’t believe you did not make a will. Even after I told you so many times to do so. But you kept insisting that you will do it later.’
Moral of the Story: Don’t postpone making your will. It is the only way you can assure peace in your family.
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Monday, 19 May 2014
This always makes us a little sad because writing a last will isn't just about you or your convenience— it’s about your loved ones and their happiness. In argument, the same people reply: "Why make a last will, it’s obvious who’ll get my possessions anyway." Read our answer to that here.
Many disputes can be resolved at the very outset if there is a clear disposition of one’s wealth and assets in a Will. It will not be out of place to mention the Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi and her daughter-in-law, Manekar Gandhi, who were embroiled in a litigation concerning the assets of the Late Sanjay Gandhi. Had Sanjay Gandhi left behind a last will, the possibility of any dispute surfacing between his mother and his wife would have been very unlikely and all would have settled in peace.
Being overwhelmed is natural for loved ones when a family member passes away. Throughout these emotional times, there’s a lot to cope with. Children to handle, funeral arrangements to be made, banks after your life, taxation claims…the list is endless. Many people have a hard time filing their taxes at the best of times, so imagine trying to do it shortly after your loved one has passed away. It’s dreadful!
There are 2 key points to understand:
Firstly, taking care of the paperwork is the last thing you want to do when you’re grieving for a loved one. Bureaucracy is much easier with a Will in place. Furthermore, the Will allows you to choose an Executor for your estate who handles all these trivial tasks of clearing debts, filling for death certificate, etc., and
Given the emotional toll on your family, it may make sense to appoint another family member or trusted friend to take care of the paperwork.
We find it so odd that people care about their loved ones while they are alive, but leave them with legal messes after they die without a last will. Until you die, the will is only an expression of your intention. Therefore, it can be changed as many times as you wish. You can, during your lifetime, dispose off any property mentioned in your will. The will only applies to those assets, right and interest which are owned at the time of death plus any future or contingent interests.
It only takes about 30 minutes to write a Will at WillJini.com and costs less than a month’s dinners and movies.
Writing a Will isn't for your benefit, it is for your loved ones. So, don’t hesitate.
If there's anything of sentimental value that you want to give to specific people, mention it in your Last Will. Don't rely on simply telling people. Make it easier by putting it in your will.
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
There are many reasons why people don't make a Last Will. Here's our take on the Top 5
- Ignorance, postponing the act.
- A belief that Last Wills are meant only for Old.
- Waiting for Life threatening illnesses to nudge you to it.
- Believing that nothing's going to happen to me.
- Don't know what to do, where to go.
1. Laziness, I'll do it later.
The only issue with this is that later seldom happens. The inevitable happens sooner.
2. Thinking that Last Wills are only meant for the old.
Wrong. Look at these celebrities.
- Princess Diana, wrote her Last Will at 32. She left us at 36.
- Marilyn Monroe, wrote her Last Will at 35. She left us at 36.
- Elvis Presley, wrote his Last Will at 42. He left us at 42.
- Janis Joplin, died at 27, but updated her will 2 days earlier
- Heath Ledger died at 28, but wrote a Last Will at 23
3. Waiting for a life threatening illness to nudge you.
Many don't even get the time to reflect on life, in a hospital bed, with sufficient time at hand to write a Last Will. God only signals the lucky ones. Don't bet on that.
4. Believing that nothing's gonna happen to you.
Yep, I was healthy. I was young. The world was at my feet. And 9/11, or was it 26/11, took me away. Life's uncertain. Unexpected. Anything can happen. Any time. The only thing we can do is be prepared. How many instances do we know of folks, who were here one day, but gone the next? Remember Freak accidents. Road accidents. Train accidents. Sudden, fatal illness. Plane accidents. Floods. Typhoons. Earthquakes....
5. Don't know what do, whom to go to, or how much it costs.
It's easy now. Starts at just Rs 4,000 only at WillJini.com. Buy the Do-It-Yourself Last Will here http://willjini.com/pricing.html wherein you just have to enter your details, make payment and get your Legal Will generated in as less as 30 minutes! Customers seeking customization for a more detailed Will, we provide that service as well!
As an Individual you know very well that life is uncertain. Which is why you take insurance, in the first place. When we don't write a Last Will, the chances are that we unwittingly sow the seeds for a Kurukshetra in our families. It can get ugly when a son starts fighting his mother. Brother starts fighting brother. All because of the absence of a Last Will. Our survey amongst customers confirms this, for many families.