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Why you need a little human understanding

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Why you need a little human understanding

We all know that we are living in a world of technology and social media and it seems that we are dying in that world too.

There are now computer programmes that can create newspaper obituaries for people who have died by scanning their social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc) and picking out key facts about their lives.

I saw one such obituary recently which read as follows (I’m not making this up!):

“Brenda retired from living at the age of old, surrounded by family and natural causes. A librarian from birth, Brenda was an avid collector of dust. She had a sweet heart and married her high school. She loved having hobbies and helping her sons to be disadvantaged youths. She had no horses but thought that she did. The church gave her a choir because she sang like a bird and looked like a bird and Brenda was a bird. She owed us so many poems. The funeral will be held in 1977 at heaven. In lieu of flowers, send Brenda more life.”

What this shows is that while modern technology is great and we are passionate at Harrowells about using it to enhance the service we provide to our clients, there are times when you need a little bit of human understanding too.

This is true of making a will. There are websites where you can put details into a template and it will generate a will but a website will never understand you and your needs as well as a solicitor sitting in front of you. Only a solicitor will identify the things you might not have thought about and what it is you really need.

Making a will is not just about the actual document, it’s about the peace of mind of knowing that the document is right. After all, it’s one of the most important documents you’ll sign. It’s the way you provide for your loved ones after you’ve gone, make sure your assets go to those you’d want and ensure they do so in the most tax efficient way possible.

Don’t leave it to chance – use Harrowells to make your will.

In the meantime, I must send my condolences to Brenda’s widowed high school.

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