Writing your will, it’s a grim topic, but you really have to do it, says DeRico Symonds, no matter whether you are rich or poor. Stephen Wentzell attended a workshop organized by Gamechangers902 in collaboration with lawyers at McInnes Coopers. That same legal firm offers a program to provide pro-bono legal services related to wills and estate planning.
Meet Elaine Cain, a North Preston resident who owns land in her community but doesn’t have a deed. She was born on the land she claims, and her father wants nothing more than for her to have it, but a lengthy and expensive legal process and an uncaring bureaucracy are major stumbling blocks. “First of all, that’s where I was born, on that property,” says Cain. “Ever since, that property has been part of me. As long as I am alive, that’s going to be alive for me.”
This weekend’s video is about North Preston resident Vicky Simmons and her fervent wish to gain title to her family’s land. It’s part of a larger project, “Untitled, the Legacy of Land in North Preston,”by a group of journalism, television and radio students at the Nova Scotia Community College. Check out the video, and don’t forget to check out the students’ project website as well.