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Old 09-09-2020, 10:48pm   #1
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Default Just A Tragic Situation

This past Friday late night in Boone, NC, two pedestrians were walking in the crosswalk when they were struck and killed by a drunk driving 21 year old female.

This was my wife's niece and her husband, both in their early 50's. They were on a motorcycle trip enjoying the back roads of NC. We believe they were walking back from dinner to the hotel.

Besides the tragedy of both perishing, it was later found out neither had a will, and......they have no children. My B-in-L, an estate attorney, is handling the affairs for the family, but what a mess. There's two sets of parents still living and several siblings.

The niece's parents in MD, both in their 80's, now have to go down and identify the bodies so they can be released for cremation. The deceased just had a large home built, has several cars and trucks, and a few M/C's as well.

I think the main point I'm trying to make here is have a will. I had a will when I was in my 30's. I think it is just common sense to make one out if you have any tangible property or funds.

Most folks have beneficiaries on savings accounts but a must is to have a POD (Payable Upon Death) on your checking account in someone's name. This will give one quick access to any funds without administrative papers to present, just need a legal copy of the death certificate.

Sorry I'm preaching here tonight, I just had to shake my head when I heard there was no will.

Thanks for hearing me out.
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Old 09-09-2020, 11:38pm   #2
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Sorry for your loss Norm.
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Old 09-10-2020, 12:38am   #3
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Sorry to hear this.
My wife and I waited until we were in our early 60's to get a living will.
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I got a will made out, but all my wife needs to do is get on my computer and transfer the funds to our joint account then to hers....done deal.....

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I cannot believe I waited so long to get a will.

If you don't have one, do it.
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Old 09-10-2020, 6:11am   #6
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Damn.
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Old 09-10-2020, 6:15am   #7
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Wills are a funny thing. We donít consider them when weíre younger because nothing is ever going to happen to us. Then before you know it youíre in your 50ís and you still donít have one because youíve just never gotten around to it.

Then you have my situation. I have a will which was made when I was still married and naturally includes my wife who is now my ex wife.

Note to self; update will.
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So sorry to hear this and thanks for the reminder of having a will. I do need to work on that.
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Old 09-10-2020, 6:53am   #9
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Wow... sorry to hear about your loss. I have been at that intersection in Boone, many, many times. I know just where it is.
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Sorry to hear of your families loss.

Prayers for all involved.
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Such terrible news.
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Sorry Norm. Good advise.
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Very sorry to hear that. My condolences to your family.
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Then you have my situation. I have a will which was made when I was still married and naturally includes my wife who is now my ex wife.

Note to self; update will.
A benefits rep from the company I work for came and spoke to the staff a few years ago. One of the subjects she spoke on is this. She said it was fairly common for a widow to call to ask about survivor benefits only to be told that the department was only authorized to speak with the beneficiary.

To OP Norm, very sorry for your loss.
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My condolences, Norm.

We have wills but need to update. No one can do it for you.
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One of the first things me and my wife did after we got married was to have a will drawn up.
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Sorry to hear, sir. And yes, I need to update mine.
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