If, like most of us, you don’t have an autobiography and you’re not planning on releasing your personal memoirs anytime soon, your will is the most detailed document you’ll ever have about your life.
This one, all-encompassing legal document captures what should happen to your life’s earnings, accumulated assets, the family home, your sentimental possessions, how your beloved pet corgi or fish that refuses to smile back should be cared for, what your religious preferences are, any last wishes, and what you’d like to happen to your earthly body when you’re gone. Your will is, in effect, your opportunity to have the last say. Whether you’re stubborn or not, that’s a protection we should all want.
If not, what has stopped you creating one up to this point? Does the idea of creating a Will feel like too much hassle? Does the thought of talking about it just make you feel awkward and uncomfortable? Do you find it difficult to raise the subject with elderly relatives?
William Jennens died in 1798 with a vast personal fortune of well over £1million (worth around £200million today). He was an only child and a bachelor who lived alone, so his extended family were naturally intrigued to hear the reading of the will to see how they’d fared.