Who is your next of kin
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The marriage ceremonies are over. The couple steps into life as married people. What has changed? He is still the same height as before just as she still has the sonorous voice that drew him to her the night they met. The lack of any change is only on the surface; things have changed. She is now his next of kin just as he is of hers. Next of Kin is a badly abused phrase to mean the person who … Read More

When Daddy Never Comes Home
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Sometimes there isn’t a daddy that is coming home. He either doesn’t exist because the mum doesn’t know him, she was raped, or he is dead.  Life happens and rape isn’t the end of life. Not many people prepare for death and so leave the care to the surviving spouse or partner. There are many considerations that should be uppermost on the minds of parents who find themselves in these situations? Until they get married again or indeed for the … Read More

are you sure you have not been scammed?
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Land ownership is great and does not have to be cumbersome the way Omo Onile makes it. The Omo Onile scourge is worst in Lagos and Ogun States of Nigeria. Other states in Southern Nigeria have their own local parallels and I have heard of some of them, strangely, in Abuja. Who is Omo Onile? ……He is a land urchin. He sells lands that he has no right to and sometimes obtains forged documents to prove his title. Omo Onile … Read More

We might as well eat the currency!!
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Many years ago a friend of mine saved a N100,000.00 when I could hardly afford N25,000.00. I admit I was jealous and blamed God for where I was at the time. She lived a definitely more austere life than I did but I chose to put that down to the fact that she had 4 children at the time, while I had only 2. I found all excuses why she lived an austere life until she saved N100,000.00 to my … Read More

Off the Plan!!! To buy or not to buy?
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You must have noticed the new trend where companies are offering members of the public, landed property at instalment payment terms. It is called buying off the plan. Buying off the plan is the process where a person buys property before it is a built simply by looking at and visualizing the property from a plan. However I am writing to you about land and not necessarily a house. The points here would substantially cover both. Here is a list … Read More

How to avoid making a will.
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Seriously, no one wants to think about death. We really do not have to but death is planning for us and we all know that. In my experience it seems the older some people, especially wealthy men, get the more they believe in their invincibility. You better believe that even those who are in their seventies and above feel that there is still time to sort out their matters before death comes. Well, I have bad news and have good … Read More

Did you buy the road?
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Sam could not understand why they were erecting the gate on the footpath. That was his shortcut to the bus stop, and had saved him many times when he was late to get out of the house. The children felt safe using the pathway on their way from lesson in the early evenings. So why were those men erecting a gate there. To his knowledge, there hadn’t been any cases of violence or any crime along that foot path and … Read More

Do you really need a lawyer??
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[bctt tweet=”Do you really need a lawyer? In many cases, you may be able to solve your problem without a lawyer’s help…… “]If a company has wronged you, see if it has a customer service department before engaging a lawyer If a regulated industry (like a bank or insurance company) has wronged you, there is usually an agency in charge of watching that industry that you can contact. It’s also time we start establishing community groups which might also be … Read More

Joint ownership of property- till death do you part?
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Sometimes due to unavailability of funds and at other times due to size of a plot, more than one person choose to pool funds together to buy property. Many times, when they are siblings or a married couple, the purchase is made without a statement about what share each of them has in the purchase or in the equity residing in the property. They progress things by building together or even as many separate units as their needs require but … Read More

‘Force Majeure’ or ‘God Forbid’
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All of us love at least one person. We desire that it is well with them and will do as much as lies in us to see that they are happy, well and settled. When the thought that something unpleasant could happen to them, we shout ‘God Forbid’ as if that is the prescription for preventing ill. A fortnight ago I heard news that a grand aunt was in a coma. I thought and voiced a possibility that she might … Read More

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