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Three things you should include in your Will

Wills aren’t always the cheeriest topic, but when done right, they can be funny and personal – rather than just a drab legal document. Here we look at three things we should all consider including:

1. Funeral Wishes

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry wanted his ashes sent into space. You can use your will to design your own send-off and make sure you do it in style – from full Viking funerals, to the woman who wanted her ashes kept in a portable urn so she could be taken out for parties.

Only 1 in 8 people know their loved ones’ funeral wishes, so putting them down in a will can save your family a lot of stress and worry when the time comes.

2. Messages 

You can also use your will to leave a final message for the world, or for specific people. Like the man who left a bike to a friend, along with a very rude, personal message. Or the woman who left a major appliance to her daughter, along with a direction not to register it with the manufacturer, as it had fallen into her hands from the back of a passing lorry. 

Harry Houdini left a code that he said he would use to contact his wife from the afterlife. She held annual séances for ten years after his death, but Harry never showed up. Maybe he was busy letting other dead celebs punch him in the stomach. Or maybe he just had terrible coverage in the afterlife. We’ll probably never know.

3. Gifts

You can also use your will to leave gifts to loved ones, charities, pets, or even total strangers. A Portuguese aristocrat left his fortune to 70 complete strangers he picked at random from a Lisbon phone directory.

Shakespeare famously left his “second best bed” to his wife. Ice cold.

Irene Curie, daughter of Marie Curie, must have been a bit surprised to learn her mum had left her a gram of pure radium, so that Irene could have “… entire liberty to use this gram . . . according to the conditions under which her scientific researches shall be pursued.”

Overall, a shocking 97% of us either need to make or update our wills, and when we do, it’s a good idea to go beyond the legals.

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