It happened a few days ago but a) I hadn’t thought it through and b) it hasn’t actually happened – it’s just an intent.
But, it’s a big intent. Well, I think it’s big.
So, I have a private pension fund (it doesn’t make me rich, honest, (unfortunately)) which, as an ex-pat, I had moved from the UK to an EU country for a number of reasons. One of those reasons was to escape some of the various private funds having a say over who could receive the fund in the unfortunate event of my death.
So, I’ve left it all to F. And I explained that I had done this, warning him that it wasn’t something to get excited about but it would mean he could pay for people to look after the dogs, etc. This was a few years ago.
Then, a few days ago, when I was having some issues and he was away, I talked about them and he told me that his brother had phoned wanting money. Now they own the house down in Carrara on a 50/50 basis and F’s brother wants F to buy him out. F said that he would go to the bank and try to get a mortgage to buy out his brother.
And then he added that he would write a will to leave it to me if he should die.
Because, “it would help you pay for a hospice if you needed.” Which was quite a strange thing to add but, still.
Of course, it’s extremely unlikely that he will die first, given my age and the smoking and stuff – but that’s not the point, as you realise.
And I thought it was quite sweet (apart from the hospice stuff which was a bit weird).
But it makes me feel a little more secure, which is nice.