Before I met Sally, she was a single mum. On the day of our wedding, both Sally and our eldest child officially became Ropers and although he is “technically” my step-son, I have always considered him to be my son. A great guy we know very sadly lost his wife a number of years ago. He eventually met a great woman who had herself lost her husband, leaving her a single mum. They married and became a blended family, with five children between them all under one roof! Sometimes, the story of a family is like that – a mish-mash of sadness and happiness. Life is what happens to us when we’re busy making other plans. Maybe like me you have a step-child, or maybe you wonder whether, if you were to pass away, your partner would remarry, or start to live with someone else, creating a blended family in the process. Or maybe you have children from a previous relationship and you are about to embark on a new one?
In such situations, it’s easy to wonder (or worry) about whether your children will receive what you want to leave to them. For my family, I can’t just say in my will that I leave my estate to “my children”, as a step-child doesn’t fall within that definition when it comes to my will, even though I have always thought of him as my son. Likewise, my parents can’t just have a gift for their “grandchildren” – they would have to include my eldest by name.
This is where it gets a bit complicated (sorry!) so let’s go back to a childhood story we all know – Cinderella and her wicked step-mother. What if Cinderella’s father had not made a will to protect Cinderella’s inheritance? What if the wicked step-mother had inherited everything and then rewrote her will to exclude Cinderella and leave everything to the ugly step-sisters? What if instead, Cinderella’s father had the presence of mind to make an appointment with Hope Law, to draw up a carefully worded will, including a Property Protection Trust?
Now, we could tell you exactly how we worded Cinderella’s father’s will, but that would violate client confidentiality, so why don’t you give us a call and we can tell you about how they all lived happily ever after.