Estate Planning

What is a Will?

A Will is a document containing your instructions and wishes as to how your property and assets are to be distributed after your death.  Any person of any age should seriously consider a Will at the earliest time possible.  A Will should not be considered only for people who have reached an age that they think death is not far away. To be able to use a Will effectively, it needs to be ‘valid’.

What makes a Will valid?

  • It must be in writing – handwritten, typed or printed.
  • It must be signed with your signature at the end of the document.
  • It must be witnessed by at least two other people present at the time of signing. They need to acknowledge they were present and must sign the will as witnesses in your presence.

Why do I need a Will?

Making a Will is the best way to ensure that your Estate is passed to the people you want it to go to when you die.  Unfortunately no-one can truly predict when they will pass away, so the sooner you have a valid will in place, the more peace of mind you will have.

What if I don’t have a valid Will?

If you were to pass away and you did not have a valid Will, you are said to die ‘intestate’.  This means that the courts will decide who will benefit from your Estate and this may not include those persons who you would like to benefit.

Not only may your Estate be shared out in this way, but it can also take a lot longer to process than if you were to have a valid Will in place.

I don’t think I can afford a Will?

Writing a Will is probably much cheaper than you think! Our professional, will writers will guide you through taking your ‘instructions’ for a very competitive price.  Remember, not having a Will or buying an ‘off-the-shelf’ Will could be more expensive for your estate than sorting it out with us today. Contact us for further information and advice

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