Hi, my name is Roxanne Walsh
My mother died without clear end of life plans in place, or a legally valid will. On top of the grief I was already going through, the lack of a will sent my life into chaos.
According to the law where she lived and died, I was the only legal heir.
I assumed everything would be fairly straight forward and easy to manage.
Boy was I WRONG!
Since my mother died without a valid will, members of her family were able to contest the law. Little did I know at the time this would change my life forever.
The process took seven years to complete, included four lawyers and a bill of over $16,000. I had to move across the country to deal with all the legal in's and outs that ensued all because a simple valid will did not exist.
All of this could have been avoided if my mom had made a proper will.
Unfortunately, she is not alone. Since her death I have learned that 50-60% of North Americans do not have a valid will. Of those that have a will in place, many are not up to date and may, in fact, be invalid.
Having been through the highs (and mostly the lows), of going through the legal system to take care of a single bank account, I decided to help others avoid the expense and the pitfalls of not planning for a certain eventuality - death - either yours or someone you love.