Whether you are estate planning for the your future or dealing with a deceased estate, we can assist you with the entire process.
Protect your future and loved ones
Engaging a lawyer to draft your will before your passing is as important for your family as it is your you. A will is a form of deed which outlines how you would like your interest to be dealt with when you pass away.
You could bequest your assets to your partner, child or to another specified beneficiary upon your death. By outlining your wishes and desires you will be protecting your loved ones in the future by being clear about how you wish your estate to be distributed.
The absence of a will can lead to disputing claims on your estate. This can lead to the added legal burden of litigation between close family member upon your passing. Times of grievance are difficult enough- make it easier for your family and close relatives by leaving a will before your passing
Do you need a will?
A will can be drafted at any point in your life. However, it is particularly important when you have significant assets to protect, an extended family and specific bequests that you have.
It is advisable that you update your will if there is a significant life event. A change in asset position, an addition or death in the family, a marriage and career change are important life events that can be reflected into your will.
The uncomfortable truth is that we never know when it is our time to pass. Keeping an up-dated will can ensure that your most current directions will take effect, no matter when your time may come.
What should you include in you will?
You will need to appoint a executor (or executors) to your will. This person acts as a trustee and is responsible for ensuring the terms of your will are followed through. This may include paying your taxes, paying your funeral expenses, closing bank accounts, selling property and distributing the assets to your beneficiaries. The executor takes on additional responsibility and should be a person that you trust.
You will also need to identify your beneficiaries. These are individuals that take benefit from your estate. You can make specific gifts and donations to charities or third parties. You can also distribute sentimental items to specific beneficiaries.
Our clients feel safer knowing what will happen to their assets (and therefore their families) when they pass away thanks to our careful planning and guidance.
We can assist you with your wills and estate matters
Wills and estate planning can be extremely complex and stressful to deal with. Your most valuable assets deserve delicate, careful handling by professionals. Let us make the process easier on you, for now and for the future.