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Manager of Corporate Affairs at the Administrator General’s Department (AGD) Ava Dean Martin, is encouraging Jamaicans to come out for the AGD’s legal fair on Thursday (Dec. 4).
The event is slated for the UDC’s Information Centre, which is located on the ground floor of the Office Centre building, 12 Ocean Boulevard downtown Kingston, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
According to Ms. Martin, at least 300 persons are expected to attend the event and the target audience “is every Jamaican, who needs to know about getting their estates and house in order. We are targeting Government agencies, private organisations, everyone … so they can come and know what they need to do to make their wills. Persons from the AGD will be on hand to assist them in drafting their wills and giving them tips on organising their wills properly.”
She noted that “many persons suffer more grief than is necessary when they realise that their loved ones’ estates were not properly planned and there is frustration on top of the grief. Knowledge is power and the more you know, the more carefully you can plan your estate.”
The Corporate Affairs Manager told JIS News that the concept for the legal fair started as far back as 2002, when clients and other interested individuals received information on “planning their estates properly, how to make their wills valid under Jamaican law, the role and work of the AGD and how we are there to help them should their loved ones die without a will, leaving minor beneficiaries.”
This year’s event will have a number of Government and private sector organisations offering information and services free of cost to the public.
“For the first time, clients will be able to avail themselves of several services from Government services all under one roof, so it’s almost like a one-stop shop concept. We are having the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) to give advice on how to do registration of deaths; how to add a father’s particulars to a child’s birth certificate; the Government’s Stamp Office to advise on the different taxes and duties payable upon death; and what assets are levied for tax purposes,” Ms. Martin disclosed.
The Office of the Registrar of Companies will also be on hand, she informed, so too the National Housing Trust (NHT), which will give advice on how to access mortgage benefits, contribution refunds, among other services.
“Sagicor Life Jamaica will promote some of their products so that persons can incrementally build their stock in terms of buying life insurance.and we will be having GSB Credit Union to help them to save towards their long-term goals, and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) will also be present,” Ms. Martin told JIS News.