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Free Estate & Financial planning: “Where there’s a Will, there’s a way….”

Think about the Gene Hackman film “The French Connection”. There are some films one watches right to the end and it is still not possible to explain to someone else what happened. On the other hand, viewers of every generation will already know the ending of “Titanic”.

Film-makers therefore have a choice of presenting certainty or doubt. And so do you. Both films garnered Oscars but no prizes are available for dying without a Will---potentially the most unsatisfying of uncertain endings.

Apart from joint assets, a Will is the only document that sets out the destination of all that you own.  Making a Will – and keeping it under regular review – is truly one of the kindest things you can do for your family and friends, and for your own peace of mind.  Even simply having a conversation with a lawyer can help you to reflect on your family and financial circumstances, and to clarify what the priorities are when you die.  It is not only about “who gets what”.  Often, simply understanding “why” is just as important to those who survive you.

As for St Lawrence College – you are reading this because, directly or indirectly, the School has been part of your life.  Mentioning the School as a beneficiary in your Will is potentially a recognition of the importance of your education at that stage in your life, a gesture with a greater value than can be expressed in words.

Look back over the last five years.  Have children got married?  Have grandchildren arrived?  Have you retired, or are you about to retire?  Has there, sadly, been a death in the family?  All these are natural prompts to make or review your Will.  Do not put it off. Unlike some of our favourite classic films, we may never know what or when our final scenes will be but we can at least write a script with an outcome that you want and choose.

Solicitor and Estates Planning specialist, Peter Cox, will be hosting a free Estate Planning session on Saturday 12 January 2019 in the School’s main reception area between 8.30am-10.30am. Peter will be joined by a finance specialist, Brian Emslie, who is a partner at St James’s Place Wealth Management. Brian specialises in a number of areas including Wills and inheritance tax planning, state and private pensions.

If you would like to have a complimentary 30 minutes session with Peter or Brian on matters important to you, please contact Kelly Jury at development@slcuk.com or 01843 572932 to book a time.  Slots will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’. The event is open to all members of the School community - OLs, staff and parents – past and present.  

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