Wills and Estates

Your will contains instructions about how you want things distributed when you die. It may be the most important piece of paper you’ll ever sign.

At what stage in life might you need a will?
Just had children? Safeguard your children’s future and ensure they benefit from your estate after you die. You can also appoint guardians for your children should you die before your children reach the age of 18.

Recently got married or entered a civil union?
Determine how your money, property and possessions will be left to your partner. You can appoint your partner as executor of your will, so they have the legal authority to ensure your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes. Any previous wills made become invalid after marriage or a civil union, unless specifically made in contemplation of that marriage or union, so it is important to make a new will.

Just got divorced?
If you are considering divorce or have become divorced, it is very important you make a will or take professional advice on preparing a new will. Naturally, you may wish to reconsider how your assets are distributed after you die.

Recently re-married?
If you re-marry, any previous will you have made is revoked, so we recommend a new will is written. You can set-out how you wish your assets to be divided taking into account your new partner and children from different relationships.

Had a death in the family?
The death of a loved one can often prompt you to think about making a will if you don’t already have one. You may have found probate much more complicated or contentious because a family member died without a will. Or you may need to update a will made many years ago which may no longer be valid. You may also want to make provision for someone else to make decisions on your behalf should you become too ill or frail yourself.

Just become a grandparent?
Remember grandchildren through your will with a legacy to support them in future life. Decide when, and in what circumstances, they will inherit the gift. By updating your will, you can re-apportion how your estate should be divided to take account of grandchildren.

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