Planning to plan – putting it into action

Avoiding procrastination

“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.”
– Pablo Picasso

Having done this job for many years, I always hear the same explanation from clients as to why don’t have a Will. For some, it’s too hard or too difficult, for others it takes too long or just isn’t that important right now. Others simply say that they ‘not planning on dying any time soon’, while others who acknowledge their own mortality simply state that they simply don’t have anything to give. Whatever the reason or excuse, I think I’ve heard it before, and they all point to one thing – a severe bout of procrastination.

When it comes to not having a Will, the danger is always that by the time you realise (if you can) that you should have had a Will, it’s probably too late. By that stage you also probably won’t be the one who regrets not having a Will, it will be those you leave behind. Sounds morbid, well it can be if you leave problems for other people to resolve. However, there is a simple solution.

DO IT TODAY.

Yes, the 3 simple words embody a timeless truth which humankind has struggled with for centuries. Procrastination affects everyone and I’m no exception either. In fact, I think the other danger is that many people often mislead themselves into a false sense of security thinking that they’re actually doing something when they’re actually just procrastinating. They plan to plan.

Several years ago, one client whose husband was unfortunately killed at work said to me “we were always thinking about doing our Wills and we said we’d get around to do it later, we just…”. Isn’t that the truth?

I’m sure it’s a story that partially plays out in homes all across Australia, and fortunately not all of them ending in a tragic work accident – which means if this applies to you then there’s still time, there’s still hope, there’s still an opportunity to prevent this from happening to you in the same way.

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Ern Phang

Ern Phang
Principal Solicitor / Director

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