Friday, 25 October 2013

From Drama to Reality


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Recently we are watching a Hong Kong drama series about lawyers and court cases that has got me thinking.

In the show, a billionaire has set up a will through an experienced inheritance lawyer, witnessed by other professionals including a senior doctor, an hour before his death. His will is split into 3 parts, but the third part was not to be revealed to the family until 3 years later. As the family couldn't understand the reason for this, they started questioning the deceased billionaire's state of mind when he set up the will, and the professionalism of the lawyer who helped setting it up. So they took the case to court, and even though the will seems to have been set up professionally, there is a law (in Hong Kong anyway) that can revoke the will and the family has requested for the inheritance to be distributed fairly through the Inheritance Law as if there was no will left behind by the deceased.

Setting up a will has always been in the back of our minds, especially after we have kids.  I always thought that, I just need to find a lawyer and 2 witnesses and it will be sorted. I never ever thought that, even with a will, things can still go wrong. Obviously we aren't billionaires, so it's unlikely that someone will try to revoke our will. But what if the will wasn't set up properly? If people in the show can question the experienced Inheritance lawyer about his professionalism, then there must be cases in real life (reality is like a drama, drama is like reality; or something like that) where wills have failed to do what it was meant to do. If *touch wood* something happened to us, the last thing we need is a will that doesn't work, causing more stress to our kids.

Although in the show, I thought that the family was being greedy and unreasonable, and it was shocking that they have requested to revoke the will, I'm still glad that there are will disputes in place, in case something goes wrong. At least there is a way to protect the family from losing everything else.

All this reality check is very painful to think of, we can only do our best and hope for the best. I'm going to hide in the virtual world of Animal Crossing: New Leaf to push the thought back to the back of my mind now.


Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Redress Law, however all thoughts are my own