Is there any legal way I can make my children face up to their responsibilities and show me some attention?
Concerned mother, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Dear Concerned Mother
Any mention of your will should do the trick.
Find a worthy cause to champion. Your lawyer will have a whole book of charitable institutions. My advice is to opt for the slightly offbeat. My own clients have become very fond of a local Donkey Sanctuary.
A word of caution: do not leave your money to your own pet. It is a certain death sentence. Unless, of course, your pet shows you no attention either.
Use a codicil, a short addition to a will, in order to write out any particular offender. Alternatively, announce that you intend to make a new will to shake up all of your children.
With a bit of thought, your next Mother’s Day could be a very special occasion indeed.
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