Probate – Last Will and Testament.
These are words which strike fear into the hearts of even the most noble men! We regularly encounter clients who have put off drafting their wills, for many months and sometimes years. It seems as though people anticipate they are tempting fate, by preparing for their eventual passing.
Let’s just put it out there, as the old saying goes, there are only two certainties in life, Death and Taxes.
Then there is the school of thought which goes by the rhetoric, “I don’t have anything of value anyway”. That may be the case in material terms, but if you have children, you have something far more important than a house, or shares. And if you don’t have children, a house, shares, a car, can be easily disposed of by specifying your instructions, in a formal will.
By engaging a solicitor to draft your will, you are ensuring that your wishes will be carried out when you pass away. You are also ensuring that there is no ambiguity as to what you would like to happen, for example, it may be common knowledge, that Auntie Mary is the one who you would like to care for the children if the unthinkable happened, but if that isn’t specified, there is no guarantee that Auntie Mary would be the one to take over that mantle.
We regularly draft wills on behalf of clients and are happy to discuss your individual requirements. The Rules of Probate are complex and intricate, requiring detailed instructions to be taken to tailor your specific circumstances to ensure your wishes can be carried out.
If you would like us to Draft your will, please download our attached Will Instruction Sheet.
Thereafter, a member of our office will contact you to clarify any details required, before drafting your will. We can then arrange an appointment at our offices, to execute your will. The entire procedure can seem daunting, but really and truly, once your will has been Executed, you don’t need to think about it again, unless there is a major change in your life circumstances, such as marriage, or birth of a new child. In those circumstances, we do recommend updating your will.