As we discussed last week, one of the most important things a Surprise Millionaire can do is to make sure their wishes are known prior to their passing. Unfortunately, I have stumbled upon another story with a Surprise Millionaire’s will, this time from the United Kingdom. Retired mid-wife and nurse, Joan Edwards thought she had done it completely right. She contacted her local solicitors and had a last will and testament drawn up making (she thought) her last wishes known. It appears that even with all of this preparation, the specifics of the will’s bequest were still open to interpretation. It was unfortunately left to the government (and its political parties) to sort it all out. I guess I need to amend my cautions on this subject to include, “make your wishes known, make them legal and make them very clear.
That’s right, it’s ANOTHER Surprise Millionaire from the United Kingdom. That’s three recently if you are keeping count. This gentleman was a retired railway worker who saved his wages and pension in order to leave a legacy to his local medical community.
I don’t know for sure but we might have another British Invasion on our hands. But we should welcome this one since the Surprise Millionaire mantra of living frugally, saving and investing wisely is great for everyone on both sides of the pond!
Our cousins over in the U.K. seem to be experiencing the Surprise Millionaire phenomenon themselves. A thrifty music teacher leaves a wonderful legacy to help children in Africa. Thank you Helen Ruddock for your wonderful gift that will provide clean drinking water for thousands in sub-Saharan Africa! I wonder, could the Surprise Millionaire phenomenon be going international?