Writing out your last will and testament while you still have the mental capacity to do so can help avoid an extra element of stress for your family members after you pass on, says Okanagan lawyer Leonard Marriott.

Making a will: Do it now to lessen family stress when you’re gone

Okanagan law firm offers free consultation on wills and probates, free seminar Oct. 22 in Enderby

Are you one of the roughly 50 per cent of people who have yet to make their will?

Even if you haven’t started envisioning what your end of life might look like, there are many benefits to getting your affairs in order ahead of time, says Vernon and Enderby-based lawyer Leonard H. Marriott, with North Valley Law.

”You never know when you might become incapacitated, and without a will in place, it can cause a lot of stress on your family and loved ones,” Marriott says.

Many people think their children will take care of things when the time comes, he adds. “I think they don’t want to upset family by talking about end-of-life matters.”

If you die without a will, B.C. law dictates who is eligible to apply to handle distribution of your estate. “And that might not match your wishes,” Marriott notes.

Here’s how North Valley Law can help:

Your first consultation is free – Coming in for a first conversation about making your will, naming an executor for your estate, probate requirements and other end-of-life matters is free at North Valley Law. If you choose to retain them to make everything official, Marriott says, “we usually turn it around within a week.” You can get a head start on will and estate planning by filing out this questionnaire.

Taking care of your estate – After you or your spouse pass on, there’s a good chance that change of ownership documents for the family home will need to be filed. The experts at North Valley Law are well equipped to help take care of these or any other kind of property transfer transactions.

Same great service – The firm switched its name last year from Gerry Laarakker Law Corp. to Leonard H. Marriott Law Corp., prior to rebranding to North Valley Law. Both Leonard and Gerry, who speaks German and specializes in wills and estate planning, are available to help you prepare for any eventuality.

Enderby Legion hosting free seminar – If you’ve got legal questions but haven’t been able to schedule a face-to-face appointment with an expert, Leonard and Gerry are hosting a free seminar on Oct. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Enderby Legion. They’ll talk about making your will and other topics related to your estate planning.

With offices in both Vernon and Enderby, connecting with North Valley Law is easy for wills and estate planning, or other legal matters such as co-operative family law or uncontested divorces. Simply call ahead to book an appointment to 250-260-4273 (Vernon) or 778-443-0070 (Enderby). You can also email len@lhmarriottlaw.com or gerry@laarakkerlaw.com or through the firm’s website at lhmarriottlaw.com.

You can also follow the firm on Facebook.

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