How long is a minute? It sounds like a daft question, but it’s not as crazy as you may think.
Just look at your watch. Check the second hand, close your eyes and let your mind go blank, then open your eyes when you think a minute has gone by. Did you get it right? Or did you find that a minute is longer than you thought?
Do you listen to the radio programme ‘Just a Minute’? Time seems to pass quite quickly when you are listening to the panellists doing their best to get through their minute unscathed, but for them, aiming to speak without hesitation, repetition or deviation, sixty seconds must seem like a long time.
A lot can happen in a minute – good things and bad things – and we use a minute to describe how quickly things change. “I put my bag down one minute and the next minute it had gone” or “One minute the road seemed clear, the next minute a car shot out of a side road and collided with mine”, or (if you are very lucky) “One minute we were wondering how to pay our bills, the next minute after we checked our lottery numbers we found we had won the jackpot”.
Life itself is a lottery. We really don’t know what is coming next – good or bad. The best thing we can do is to be prepared, especially for the bad – hope for the best, prepare for the worst. It’s not something we really want to do – think about the worst side of life, even though deep down we all know it’s there. Preparing for the worst can mean doing many things, amongst which should be making or updating your Will, taking out Lasting Powers of Attorney or updating your old Enduring Powers of Attorney and also discussing your plans with the ones you want to protect should bad things happen to you.
We offer a free 30 minute consultation to review your existing Wills and related documents with the aim of giving you peace of mind that you have made good provision for the people you care about, or advising you on measures you can take to do this. You know now how long a minute is – well, we are offering you 30 of them free of charge.
So why not call us now to book your 30 minute review. That telephone call could be the best and most important 60 seconds of your time.
Our team at Parchment Solicitors specialise in all matters relating to Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Probate and Inheritance Tax planning – as well as Conveyancing – so contact us first for advice.