Exposure of “expired” last will and testament cases is shedding light on the importance of keeping your will up-to-date for residents from Mission to Vancouver.
The last will and testament provides information on where you would like your money and belongings to go to once you are deceased. It also states what you would like to happen when you are unable to make decisions for yourself.
The case of Margot Bentley struck up conversations and controversy across the Fraser Valley and Vancouver.
Bentley said she would want death by the hand of her husband or her daughter should she ever end up in a vegetable-like state.
That was declared in 1991, when her will was last written. Now, suffering from Alzheimer’s more than a decade later, her will is not valid.
The argument is that she may not feel the same way now as she did in ’91, and to assist her in suicide while she is still accepting to be spoon fed, could constitute as murder.
Regardless how much controversy the subject has caused; the facts still remain the same. A will should be updated every 5 years, if not, individuals may fall victim to a fate not favourable to themselves or their family and friends.
Julia Henderson, resident living in Mission and going to nursing school in Chilliwack, says she hears elderly residents in the care home she volunteers at discuss the Bentley case fearing that their wills need to be updated also.
Henderson says one of her patients has taken it upon herself to update her will this past January stating what she wishes to be her fate.
A lawyer in Vancouver whom wishes to remain anonymous, said he has come across “outraged” clients after explaining that the last will and testament can be dismissed if the courts feel that you are not of sound mind.
“A person’s mental state is as important, if not, more important than what is in their will” states Vancouver lawyer.
Gerry Ruck, resident of an elderly community in Langley was more than prepared when she was asked hard hitting questions regarding her will.
Ruck had sat by and watched her best friend go through a similar situation to Margot Bentley, and it was that tragedy that prompted 67 year old Ruck to be prepared.