At some point in your life, someone must have asked you one of these questions; “what do you want to be when you grow up?” or “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” Either you have answers to these questions or you don’t, the future still doesn’t always go according to plan simply because it is what it is…the future.
The truth is, we can’t always anticipate or prevent unfortunate circumstances from happening, but we have the power to control what happens in cases when they occur. You might be wondering how, well, it is very simple, all you need to do is “Write the Future”, yes, you read it right, “Write”, like put pen to paper.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to be confused, because we have the answers for you, and we will put you through to get started.
Here are 4 steps to writing the future:
1. List out all your Assets:
This is the first and most important step, you can’t write the future if you don’t know what you own. Imagine being the manager of a football team and you don’t know all your players? You will end up fielding only players who are in-sight and they might not necessarily be the best players in the team, no surprise then when the team loses.
So grab a piece of paper and a pen and list out all your assets, you might not remember all at once, but eventually, with patience, you will.
2. Create a list of Beneficiaries:
Now that we know all our assets, we need to identify who our beneficiaries will be. A lot of thought needs to be put into this stage, simply because you don’t want to leave anyone out, well maybe you actually do, but that is another kettle of fish.
So, how do we go about it? Great question! Just as we listed our assets, we will also create a list of beneficiaries. First, develop a list of all the people close or related to you and then cross out the names of people who you do not want to leave anything for. The reason for this exercise ensures you think carefully about everyone before you cross a name. This way, you will definitely give it a thought if you want to give a particular person a portion of your asset as opposed to just assigning assets to people who come to mind at the time. You could also consider organisations or causes that are dear to you e.g. orphanages, research teams etc.
3. Assign your Assets:
Now it is time to match the assets with the beneficiaries, which means you need to answer the question “who gets what?” This stage might sound simple but it actually involves more thought than it sounds.
Have you ever gotten a gift from someone and you just keep it in the corner of your room or your store? Well, that is because the gift wasn’t what you wanted and you might not have found any use for it. The same thing applies when creating your Will. Assigning assets to your beneficiaries need to be well thought out, give your beneficiaries only the gifts that will mean something to them to ensure they appreciate it and not waste it.
4. Create a Will:
This is the part you think might involve so much work right? Actually, No, this is the simplest of the process, with a solution like iWill, you can do this in 15 minutes or less. Now that you know your assets and have a list of your beneficiaries, all you just need to do is sign up, fill in the necessary fields and leave the rest to the professionals at Leadway Capital and Trusts to help you sort out the rest. Did I mention, you can do this from the comfort of your home with your smartphone or computer? Well yes, you can, so now what’s your excuse?
Now that you know the 4 easy steps to writing the future, I urge you to take immediate action simply because the future is never assured. This month, we started a conversation online to discuss the stories of people who have benefitted from a Will or struggled because someone didn’t, and thousands of individuals like you and I shared their stories. Follow and join the conversation on Twitter using #WriteTheFuture9ja and let your voice be heard, your story might inspire others and ensure we all live in a future where everyone feels protected.
If you need help writing you Will, feel free to call or message us on WhatsApp on 08129997204 and we will be happy to help out.