The Administrator General’s Department (AGD) is encouraging Jamaicans, particularly entertainers, to ensure they have a will in place for easier estate administration after death.
The AGD is responsible for administering the estates of persons who have died without leaving a will, have left assets to administer and have children under the age of 18 years.
Deputy Administrator General at the AGD, Stacie Ann Carty, said while making a will is important for everyone, special focus is being placed on entertainers.
The Department is currently administering 11 estates of deceased entertainers and has since established an intellectual property section to handle these matters specifically.
She explained that beneficiaries can be
“put in a tailspin if things are not in order and they have to go through intestacy”.
“So, I suggest to everybody, if it is you don’t know what to do, you can contact us and we can give you some guidance; it’s not difficult.
Unfortunately, we have an oral culture where persons think they can just say something and the gift passes to the person; but it doesn’t work that way. So, we can guide you, sit with you and explain what to do [through the AGD] or through the Jamaica Music Society,”