We can help you by:
- preparing a Will that protects your hard-earned assets whilst maximising your family’s inheritance;
- preparing and explaining the benefits of having an enduring power of attorney and enduring guardianship documents;
- advising you so you can choose suitable executors, attorneys, and guardians;
- advising you regarding family and testamentary trusts to help safeguard assets and protect vulnerable beneficiaries;
- minimising the potential for your Will to be contested and subject to litigation;
- safely storing your Will and other important legal documents on your behalf.
What is a Will?
A Will is a written legal document that states your wishes regarding what happens to your property and assets (your ‘estate’) after your death. It gives instructions for the person distributing your property (your ‘executor’) about how this is to happen.
A Will can also contain provisions regarding how the deceased person’s remains are to be dealt with and appoint guardians for any children under 18 years old or vulnerable beneficiaries.
The do-it-yourself trend and the internet have made writing your own Will seem like an easy way to get your affairs in order. But it really isn’t as simple as it seems, and there is no substitute for proper advice from a qualified lawyer no matter how straightforward you think your affairs are.
What appears to be a cost-effective solution can be financially and emotionally draining for those you leave behind should a “homemade” or “do-it-yourself” Will be invalid because it was not correctly signed and witnessed, or because it does not document your real intentions.
Having a lawyer prepare your Will and advise you on estate planning is a small price to pay to protect your wealth and ensure your wishes are carried out after you die.