The afterlife is just too hard
The afterlife should be easier.
I don’t have a will. Don’t get me wrong—I know I should have one. But the barrier to entry is too significant. I have to involve a solicitor, get counter-signatories, spend money and generally make quite a bit of effort to get one. It’s something I’ll probably do when I’m 40 when death becomes a more real concept. Let’s hope I make it that long.
And besides, the default position is sufficiently in keeping with what I would want that the benefit is not great enough to warrant the associated effort.
But wills should be easier. I would like a good level of dynamism in defining my benefactors and the respective rewards that they would reap in the event of my death, timely or otherwise. Particularly the smaller amounts and artefacts. I’d like to be able to define how any little knick-knacks that I happen upon over time are to be distributed among my friends and family on my demise. And every time I get a new knick-knack, I shouldn’t have to bear legal fees. And I would like to be able to pledge relatively small amounts to my friends to enjoy a meal on me, maybe on the evening after my funeral.
I’d like to be able to manage everything up to a certain value through a web interface. And I’d happily cross-reference said interface on a proper will. (“Any items specifically mentioned on account name danosirra on thisismywill.com act as a supplement to the details herein.”) And I’d happily agree that any changes made to said inventory after a time-stamp at which I was medically declared doolally should be deemed invalid.
Can this be done? Does it already exist?