Things to Consider
Wills and Legal Power of Attorney (LPA)
It is important that your finances, property, possessions and everything that’s of value to you go where you wish them to. In consideration of this, it is imperative that any tax implications are factored in when planning ahead.
Living in Spain, the law of intestacy (ie dying without a Will) is very different to what you may be used to in your home country. To avoid this issue, we work with our carefully selected lawyers to help you prepare a Will.
In today’s world, much of our daily life takes place in an ‘online’ environment which can be a challenge for bereaved family members who are dealing with their grief.
In consideration of this, we recommend that you look to have a document lodged safely with someone you trust implicitly containing all the information and passwords that your family may need in order to take care of your affairs after you have passed away.
This list is not exhaustive, but may include
- Your online bank accounts
- PayPal or other payment apps
- Social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn etc)
- Your mobile phone password
- Your PC password (and/or tablet, laptop etc)
- Any email accounts
Donating your body to medical science
Whilst this may not be the preferred option for most, this may be the personal choice of some and if so, careful consideration needs to be given to this. Donating your body is not as simple as it is to donate organs where all you require is a card to signify your wishes. It may even be that your body is not accepted – nothing personal to you, but relative to your recent medical history and cause of death.
As a first step contact is usually made via the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anatomy and Embryology closest to your location – usually a University Hospital.
It is important to be aware that if your body is not accepted for any reason, your loved ones may still need to arrange a funeral for you.
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What is a bucket list?
In simple terms, it is a collection of goals, dreams and aspirations that you would like to accomplish within your lifetime.
What’s the origin of the phrase ‘Bucket list’?
The phrase bucket list may have been around for a while but it certainly became more widely used following the film of the same name with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman in 2007.
For some time after it was first coined, only people who feared their imminent death compiled a bucket list.
More recently, since the expression has become more widely used, it just means ‘a list of things that I would like to do someday’.
For some people it’s – visit The Grand Canyon, The Taj Majal or swim with dolphins, learn to dance, play an instrument.
What is on your bucket list? Do you have one?
Why not make one. It doesn’t have to cost money – find your passion.
It could be a random act of kindness, grow some vegetables, learn something new.
Surprise yourself….don’t leave it until it’s too late….enjoy every moment.
How would you like to be remembered?
Did you know that statistically speaking when asked, only 1% of people knew all the deceased’s funeral wishes? (Sun Life Dying Report 2020).
Naturally your family and friends will want to ensure that you have the best send off – a day that celebrates your life. It is therefore, important to help them by talking about anything specific that you would like. To help with this, we have put together a list of readings and songs that may appeal to you:
Here are a few popular choices:
- Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
- Amazing Grace by John Newton
- My Way by Frank Sinatra
- Time To Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
- I Can Only Imagine by Mercy Me
- Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
- Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
- In the Arms of an Angel by Sarah McLachlan
- Ave Maria by Franz Schubert
- The road to hell by Chris Rea
- Ed Sheeran’s Supermarket Flowers
- You Raise Me Up by Westlife
- Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
- The Rose – Bette Midler
- Angels – Robbie Williams
- Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
- We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn
- Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Eric Idle, from Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’
- My heart will go on – Celine Dion
- You’ll never walk alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers