Good example, Mr Chuck
THE EDITOR, Sir:
IN Your newspaper of Monday, March 12, 2012, your guest columnist Delroy Chuck carried an item 'Unlock deceased estates' capital'.
The article tells it all about what is happening in this area, and I'm happy to know that some effort is being made to correct and ease this burdensome matter in some of our lives.
At the same time, the assets cannot be released or utilised even to pay taxes. I found the article very informative and agree that much income can be generated once the matters are unlocked.
I recall, some years ago, the different attitude which came about because of Bob Marley's estate, and I had hoped this example would be a case for legal reform. Many times, Jamaicans get fed up and migrate when they could be here enjoying what is here for them.
I hope Mark Golding, minister of justice, will publicly endorse and continue this programme and make this matter less burdensome for persons.
Sometime ago, I spoke with a lady from New Zealand who told me that these matters in her country are straightforward and easily resolved. Maybe Mr Golding could share notes with this country.
Apart from the considerable amount of capital tied up, consider the hardships and unnecessary embarrassment placed on the beneficiaries.
Could the Jamaican Government establish a special department, maybe alongside JEEP, to make it possible for volunteers in law from the United Kingdom to assist?
DENNIS ST. A. HIGGINS