Wills, Estate Planning & Probate
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What is a Will?
A Will is a written document that sets out what you want to happen to your property (your ‘estate’) after you die. It gives instructions for the person or organisation distributing your property about how this is to happen.
Who can make a Will?
A Will can be made by anyone aged over 18, as long as they have the mental capacity to understand what they are doing.
A person under 18 can only make a Will if they:
Why do I need a Will?
Having a clearly written and up to date Will is important as it:
When should I update my Will?
There are many reasons for changing your Will. You should consider making changes if:
Why should I make a Will?
Preparing a proper Will ensures your Estate is divided up exactly how you want it to be. If you pass away without leaving a Will known asIntestacy your loved ones will need an experienced Estate Lawyer to attend to the matter..
Does a lawyer need to draft my Will?
Many people draft a basic Will - one that concerns home, investments, and personal items as well as guardianship of children - without the assistance of a lawyer, which is not advisable. Unfortunately, these people fall into the trap of thinking their will is legally valid when in fact it is not. This type of Will is commonly incorrect, causing difficulties when the time comes for Probate. The legal requirements for a will must be met and if even one is missed, or drafted incorrectly, or changed, it can be disastrous for your estate. It’s highly advisable to appoint an experienced and trustworthy lawyer to help draft your Will, or to establish the legal validity of the one you've drafted.
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