DEALING WITH DEATH: ONE WOMAN’S EXPERIENCE
“B efore my husband got sick, we already had a will. It was done after we bought our second house. But over the years, we did not update it to include our daughter, who is 22 this year.
When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, we had our will updated by a friend who was a solicitor. The challenge I faced while doing this was trying to understand the complexity of the will. It was taxing as I was facing so much emotional stress while caring for my husband.
Our main concerns were to protect our daughter from unscrupulous individuals who might marry her for her money, and to ensure she would be well taken care of during her lifetime. We also wanted to make sure that if our daughter passed away too, our estates would be left to our families, all of whom are overseas, or to charities of our choice.
What I learnt is that it’s best to have your estate planning in place as soon as possible, so that you and your spouse can discuss matters in a calm and well-thoughtout manner.” – Winnie Chan, 58