Writing a will is important
regardless of your age as it means that you have clearly stipulated how you
want your estate divided after your death. There are nuances that one should
know before writing a will, keeping in mind that a defective will cannot be
enforced, and this might result in your assets landing in the hands of the
wrong people or being divided under the guidelines set down in law. To keep
your will valid and enforceable, it is crucial that you are aware of the
The Validity Of A Will
A will must be signed by you, the testator, in the presence of two witnesses who must also sign in your presence. You must be of sound mind and over the age of 18.
This is the legal representative who takes responsibility for the assets after the testator dies. Their roles include: notifying your banks, paying any debts, completing inheritance tax forms, applying for probate and distributing the assets in accordance with the Will. This can be a family friend and can include your partner or even a professional.
Choosing A Guardian
You have the opportunity to choose a guardian for any minor children you may have. The choice is legally binding. This is particularly important as you and your partner can discuss this in advance and decide together who you would like to appoint and not leave it to the Courts.
These are the people who will
benefit from your assets and estate in general. This can be by way of specific
assets, sums of money, a right to live in your share of a property, or a share
of your estate as a whole. You can also stipulate conditions on when some of
these can occur.
Being acquainted with the facts mentioned above can prevent you from making mistakes which might cost you, or your estate in the future. It is always advisable to consult a professional.
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