Most Nigerians especially the rich ones forget very easily that life has an end. They forget that what has a beginning must have an end hence; they do not make adequate preparations for this ultimate end which is known as death. Some think that there is no need consulting somebody who is an expert in this field – Lawyers – to assist them make adequate and very tight and solid documentations that will make them live a life that has no end in their various families. The lawyers – experts in this field – know ‘where to wear the dagger’ that is what is best for their clients well-being and not against the law of the land that people living after the death of a person can’t challenge and change the will contrary to the deceased’s wishes.
This leads us to this series on the topic – WILL AND ITS NEEDS – by the way, what is this will I am taking about? Will and its making can simply be said to be an arrangement which a living person puts in place while he is alive to ensure that his properties or estates devolve on his heirs according to his express desires, whishes and directives even at his death. You will agree with me the importance of ensuring that you consult the experts – Lawyers – to prepare a will for you while you are still alive. This is also very important because this document known as WILL speaks the exact minds of the testator (dead man) after his death. Who does not want to live for ever even as Christ lives in his home? It is the impact of peace and love a living person sows in his family that makes him to be remembered always and forever by his family and loved ones he left behind at death.
Some will say that there is no need for a will after all I have shared my property to my children and loved ones while I am alive. But is this your sharing legally perfected by the experts – Lawyers – who are very well trained for this act? Do you forget that even after sharing as you thought to be okay by you that at your death the living may decide to re-share it to suit them contrary to your intentions? To be on the safe side, make and prepare a WILL. Don’t also forget that it is not just the document that is a WILL but the totality of the wishes of the person making it and his declaration in a pre scribed manner of the intention of the person making it with regard to matters which he wishes to take effect upon or after his death that is the WILL.
To be continued next week.
Can I change the beneficiaries in my will?
I wish to make a will now but my fear is that I may appoint some of my children or relatives as beneficiaries to my will now and they may later turnout to be ‘bad’ persons to the extent that I would like to change them as beneficiaries. If such a situation happens, can I effect the change when I have fully documented my will everywhere necessary? Thanks.
From, Chief Balogun
Osogbo, Osun State
Dear Chief Balogun,
Thanks for letting me know your fears but I am assuring you that the Law allows you to make changes and even to destroy your will as many times as you so desire. This is known as Codicils which is a mini and supplementary will by which a testator adds to, alters, or even revokes what is contained in a will. If you are still not clear, please call me on my phone lines or consult any lawyer around you for detailed explanation.
Can I as a woman make a Will?
I often read of words like testate, intestate and beneficiaries in your write-ups but I find it difficult distinguishing both. Also is it only a man who can make a will? Can I, a woman, make a will?
Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
I am very pleased with your question. This is law and in most cases we use our legal language to drive home our points. Anyway, we use the word testate where a person makes a will, he is said to have died testate. Where no will is made, he is said to have died intestate. Beneficiaries are the persons entitled to the properties or benefit under the will.
Finally, it is not only a man that can make a will. Women do make wills and they are called ‘TESTATRIX’.
I shall discuss in details these topics in our next series on ‘death of spouse’. However, if you are not still satisfied with these my answers or you still need more clarifications please, feel very free to call me on my phone numbers above or email me. Thanks.
The Judge’s Bribe
Taking his seat in his chambers, the judge faced the opposing lawyers.
“So,” he said, “I have been presented, by both of you, with a bribe.”
Both lawyers squirmed uncomfortably. “You, attorney Leon, gave me $15,000. And you, attorney Campos, gave me $10,000.”
The judge reached into his pocket and pulled out a check. He handed it to Leon. “Now then, I’m returning $5,000, and we’re going to decide this case solely on its merits!”
The Trip to Mars
NASA was interviewing professionals to be sent to Mars. Only one could go and couldn’t return to Earth.
The first applicant, an engineer, was asked how much he wanted to be paid for going. “A million dollars,” he answered, “because I want to donate it to
The next applicant, a doctor, was asked the same question. He asked for $2 million. “I want to give a million to my family,” he explained, “and leave the other million for the advancement of medical research.”
The last applicant was a lawyer. When asked how much money he wanted, he whispered in the interviewer’s ear, “Three million dollars.”
“Why so much more than the others?” asked the interviewer.
The lawyer replied, “If you give me $3 million, I’ll give you $1 million, I’ll keep $1 million, and we’ll send the engineer to Mars.”