I decided to write the above mentioned book for the following 2 reasons:
A will is a legal document and where there is need for some public enlightenment about it, lawyers should bear the responsibility. Of course, some lawyers have made commendable efforts to educate members of the public about what they need to know about a will but they are yet to write a book on wills, written primarily for non-lawyers.
Even when lawyers give talks or deliver papers on wills to non-lawyers, they always fail to demystify the subject-matter as they ought to. As a result, they leave the non-lawyers as ignorant as they meet them or even more confused. I see this as a gap that should be filled for the purpose of serving the larger interest of our people.
The book, ``HOW TO WRITE YOUR WILL WITH EASE: Answers to 146 Frequently and Infrequently Asked Questions About A Will`` is for non-lawyers, written in the language that every averagely educated person can read and understand.
The book does not stop at the use of a simple language as it also provides step-by-step guide on how to write a simple will. It equally encourages people with modest property to attempt writing their wills by themselves, if they choose to. It, on the other hand, discourages people with vast assets from writing their wills without a lawyer because it is practically unsafe for them to do so.
Nevertheless, the book informs both the rich and not-so-rich about what they ought to know on the subject of wills in order to create the much needed awareness in this area.
It is my desire and hope that by writing this book more people will appreciate the importance of writing their wills. It will also help people to watch out for pitfalls that can render their wills incapable of achieving their intentions after they have departed. The book is simply a handbook on wills for the non-lawyers. It is however not my intention to belittle the importance of having the professional services of a lawyer in the preparation of wills.
Yes, non-lawyers can write their wills but certainly no one is better trained to write a will than a lawyer. I must admit that in spite of my book, the safest means to achieve your intentions through your will is to get a lawyer write it for you.
(i) a will is a reminder of death;
(ii) a will should be written by those who are sick or old;
(iii) a will is only meant for the rich;
(iv) the idea of writing a will is unAfrican;
(v) a will brings disaffection after a maker’s death, among others.
I am of the opinion that all these beliefs are unfounded and that people hold on to them simply because they have not been adequately informed by those who ought to inform them. So as a lawyer myself who has had some practical experience on the subject of wills, I have a social duty to provide information to the public.
It is common knowledge that death is inevitable and that death does not discriminate on account of age or state of health. The truth is that anybody can die at any time and when death comes nobody goes with his earthly possessions.
Therefore, in the book, I made it clear that everybody with some assets in his or her sole name needs a will so that the assets can pass to the people of his or her choice.
Even if all you have in your bank account is #50,000, you should know that it does not automatically pass to your spouse or whoever you want on your death, if you do not have a will.
Contrary to some of these widely held misconceptions, the book makes it clear that everybody- whether healthy or sick, black or white, young or old, rich or not-so-rich- needs a will to avoid difficulties that usually follow after a person dies without a will.
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