Estate Planning

Richard Johnson Safeguarding Assets

01900 85269 07745 225 491


Only in times of war can I imagine the current national predicament to be eclipsed by a more stressful situation. In such times we are looking for a clear cut resolution, definitive actions that will resolve the impasse and remove from our lives the stress that is brought on us by not knowing where we are going and what the implications of this situation will be both on the nation and on each of us as individuals.

Why have I raised the subject of ‘stress’? I imagine almost everybody would agree it is an aspect of our lives that we would rather be without. Stress permeates people’s lives in many ways….sometimes we don’t even realise where it is originating from. Stress can debilitate people, paralyse them from being pro-active and I certainly believe it can be a major factor in contributing to both physical and mental illness. We have actually got to actively seek the reduction of stress in our lives….by doing so we will live happier existences and probably live for longer.

How? Take plenty of exercise, eat and drink sensibly, keep a work/play balance and try where possible to not overcomplicate life…focusing on keeping our own affairs in order and sensibly planning ahead, anticipating or visualising what may well lie around the next corner. Be prepared and don’t get caught out in a situation that you could have anticipated was one day going to materialise.

If you think that doing a little bit of forward planning in your life may reduce your ‘hidden’ stress and even more so that of your family then invite me round for a chat. Estate or Inheritance Planning is all about making life easier, simpler and more clear cut, bringing certainty into an otherwise uncertain situation. A little forward planning can indeed be therapeutic. I offer a home visit service. I am based in the Vale of Lorton just south of Cockermouth and to the west of the Whinlatter Pass.

Richard Johnson 01900 85269 or 07745 225 491

Richard Johnson Estate Planning Practitioner

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This month’s ‘CT’ Correspondent is Barney, who has just returned from Canada.

For this year’s family adventure holiday, we went to Canada’s Beautiful British Columbia.

We decided the children, now ages 14, 10 and 8, are ready to tackle the nine-hour flight direct from Manchester to Vancouver.

Vancouver is a fantastic family friendly city. We had a picnic in the beautiful Stanley Park, which is in Downtown Vancouver, walked the Pacific Sea Wall and looked at the First Nation Totem Poles. The waterfront at Canada Place has fantastic views where we watched the sea planes take off and land. Downtown transport was convenient and easy to use to see China Town, Gastown and we hopped on the Aqua Bus to see Granville Island. The public Market is a hub of activity, with artisan crafts and food. I can highly recommend the gelato!

We then headed an hour north to Squamish. On our last visit over 20 years ago, it was a small logging town. It’s now Canada’s centre of outdoor activities and sports. A giant granite monolith, The Squamish Chief, stands just on the edge of town. Here there is hiking for all abilities, including 8-year olds, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and kite surfing on the Howe Sound. They have a fabulous Ale Trail too, so I’m told!


The journey to Vancouver Island takes an hour- and-a-half from North Vancouver to Nanaimo.

As we left the mainland, the ferry had superb views of the Downtown skyline. We headed for the Pacific Coastal towns and beaches. However, first we headed for Victoria. This beautiful laid-back city really does feel like you’ve reached ‘island time’. The inner harbour area with the majestic Parliament Building and gardens and sea front places to eat is the best place to start. China Town here is the second oldest in North America. We had pre-booked an Orca Whale watching trip and chose a Zodiac Boat, which only seats 12 people and is much more fun than the larger boats. Nothing will ever compare to a 30-foot killer whale slowly gliding past our boat with her calf. We then made our way up the west coast of Vancouver Island which is a mix of quaint towns like Ucluelet, ‘Ukee’ to the locals, where we had a sea kayak trip, walked the Wild Pacific Trail and explored the beaches and surf. Tofino is full of local craft shops and First Nation galleries and the Pacific Rim National Park, where we visited the spectacular rain forests and walked the boardwalk style trails.

I would highly recommend this part of Canada for an active outdoor family adventure. If you would like more information on my trip please get in touch.

Barney Beckett Cockermouth Travel

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