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Seniors worry about drawing up wills

Senior citizens consider the division of property and their children’s inheritance among their top concerns as the country marked the Double Ninth Festival yesterday.

The day is also known as Seniors Day.

Officials from several government departments provided consulting services for seniors yesterday in Fuxing Park, Huangpu District.

One notarial counselor said they received more than 60 elderly people within two hours after opening at 8am.

“Most of them were asking about their property and how to divide their assets among their children,” the official, who is not identified, told

An elderly man, who left home with his wife at about 6am for the event, said: “We want to leave something for our children as we are getting older, but we don’t want to see them fighting over it.

“We heard about a new policy that seniors aged 80 or above can apply for will notarization for free. We came to ask if we can apply for the service,” he said.

Xuhui District Notary Public Office also provided free legal consultation for seniors from 8:30am to 11:30am yesterday.

Again, dividing property and wills were a big concern among those who attended. A registration desk for will notarization applications was set up in one office for seniors.

“I came here for my parents who are now in their 90s,” a woman, surnamed Zheng, told Shanghai Daily, “They are worried about the division of the money they receive after they are relocated from their old house.”

Wang Qi, a notary of the office, said they received about 700 will notarization applications for seniors aged above 80 from September 25 through yesterday.

“About 70 people per day apply for this notarization,” Wang said.

Shanghai has approximately 3.67 million registered people aged 60 or older as of last year and this is expected to top 4.3 million by the end of 2015, accounting for nearly 30 percent of the local population, according to a report.



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