Many people put off writing a Will for as long as possible because some view it as “death- focused”
rather than “life-focused.” A Will is one of the most important documents you could ever draw up.
After all, a Will gives you the power to administer your property and assets even after you have
died. You can’t do anything about your property and assets when you are deceased – but with a
Will, you can determine what happens after. That is why it is such a powerful document. The
absence of a proper Will can lead to problems for those you leave behind.
Let’s look at the Aretha Franklin case. When the famous singer passed in August 2018, neither her
family members nor her lawyer could find any Will for the administration of her estate. They tried to
sift through hundreds of documents to find any that could remotely represent a Will. What followed
were court battles that were reported across all global media. This can be not only strenuous on
the heirs but also embarrassing for the family. While two 2010 drafts of Aretha’s Will were partly
illegible and lacked witness signatures, a third draft dated 2014 completely overturned the
instructions given in the earlier drafts, creating more contention among the heirs.
Companies like Solon eradicate the ambiguity of multiple Wills and make it clear which document
is the lasting Will. This unnecessary court drama could have been avoided if a proper Will had
been found at the outset. One other thing that arose from this case is that it took a year for the
beneficiaries to find out the estates worth. A proper Will would have clearly stipulated the estate’s
worth and the singer’s clear instructions about the distribution of the wealth. Solon has created a
product that removes ambiguity and doubt from the probate process. The total estate, including
holdings in stocks, royalties received from music and assets to name a few would be clearly
defined and structured within the app ready to be passed on to beneficiaries in a timely manner.
“Solon app is a game changer in the probate market” Charles Oviawe.