Many suppose LPA are for old folk, not so, young folk need wills and powers of attorney too.
I left school in 1982.
1982 was the year of the war in the Falklands.
One hundred and sixty-nine days after the termination of the conflict, the work of the man from Cleethorpes was shown to lay folk and the cognoscenti: experts and neophytes, all were awed.
The Son of Cleethorpes
Rod Temperton, that son of Cleethorpes, was a master of his vocation. He was a soul singer of top rank, and a band leader of a fine beat combo. Rod was further, a star in the song-writing firmament. Mr Temperton wrote the song, Thriller. You might remember Thriller, performed by Michael Jackson. (The late Mr Jackson’s pederasty is for later.)
It is foolishness bordering on sinfulness to conceal one’s light under a bushel. Mr Jackson therefore engaged a movie director, John Landis to promote this work of the man from Cleethorpes. Mr Landis directed the promotional video of the song Thriller. The video in question was a 15-minute film to promote a six-minute song.
It was no mere hit
The video was a success. But, such a statement is to speak without emphasis. Such a phlegmatic phrasing is tantamount to cultural vandalism. It would be akin to alluding that Dame Helen Mirren barely made the grade as a jobbing actor. Further, you might as well damn Dickens as being just an essayist. Go on, I dare you, introduce J K Rowling as if she were hardly able to read poetry aloud.
The Landis film of Thriller was a hit.
The video was a fine work, but it introduced the singer’s curious wardrobe. The hem of his trousers was so high that it showed off his socks. White socks.
When normal men stand, their trousers are sufficiently long as to conceal their socks: what grown man wears white socks?
It’s but a hop, skip and a step from white socks to white gloves, and then white glove. Thank heavens such nonsense failed to catch on – the world showed no love for a lone glove.
What well-adjusted adult, with the blessing of two hands has use for a single glove? An unpaired mitten?
Wills & Powers of Attorney
Several readers responded to an earlier post about the lasting power of attorney (LPA) and the last will and testament working hand in hand. You likened the will and power of attorney to gloves. You likened the two documents to two gloves.
And, you all are right.
Sam’s entry to my mailbag was typical. She contends that if her power of attorney had to be used, she couldn’t look after her children. In such ghastly circumstances, the guardianship clause in her will would be invoked. A rare instance where a provision in a will would be used while the testator drew breath. The power of attorney and will always work like gloves.
This is real life. ‘Tis no Michael Jackson video. This is no John Landis film.
Normal folk like you and I have no use for unpaired gloves. Often the will is scant use without an LPA. Like Sam, the wise have both gloves.
Ade Oduyemi helps ensure his clients’ wealth is transferred down the generations. His mission is to ensure a generation or two hence, your new money becomes old money. He’s an inheritance planner. You can get a free copy of his latest book, Maximum Inheritance here.
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