This poem is perfect for a solicitor's waiting room or reception. It reminds clients of the perils of intestacy in a humorous but trenchant way. The text is reprinted below:
If You Should Die Without a Will
If you should die without a will
Whose pockets will your money fill? The ones you truly want to have it,Or someone else who'll gladly grab it?Consider these important 'ifs',Alas, ignored by countless stiffs.
If you're intestate it's decreed
'A special grant' is what you needThis means not you, but legislation(called Letters of Administration)Decides who gets your garden gnomes -Your spouse? Your kids? Consult the tomes!
If you've no spouse nor next of kin
'Bona Vacantia' may come in.In other words your precious poundsAre simply given to the Crown,Or to a Duchy, or if not,The Duke of Cornwall cops the lot.
If you're insane and if you find
'A sound and a disposing mind'Are not among your personal traits,You'll have to stay an intestate;But if you're sane, for a small bill,Have peace of mind and make a will!