Why make a Last Will and Testament?

If you care about who benefits from your property after your death and you want to avoid unnecessary distress to friends and family, you need a Will.

If you don’t make a Will, strict rules will determine who gets what, if anything, from your assets when you die. Your friends and some of your favourite relatives may get nothing. The Inheritance law doesn’t automatically recognise live-in partners either. Even if you have lived together for many years, your partner may get nothing if you have not made a Will. If you wish to leave something to your favourite charity, you can only do so through a Will.

Increasingly today, more people own assets in more than one country. It is advisable to make a Last Will and Testament in each country that you own assets to ensure your wishes are carried out without problems.

If you die without a Last Will and Testament in your own country, your estate may become tangled up in Probate for much longer than needed if a Will would have been drawn up.  This causes problems for beneficiaries of the Will meaning more hassle, legal costs and delays.

If you are an expatriate and die without a Last Will and Testament, your loved ones could experience great difficulty administering your estate.

Why choose our firm?

We fully understand that dealing with the death of a relative or loved one is an extremely difficult time and we go great lengths to make the process as easy as possible by removing as much as the stress as we can. We endeavour to provide an initial face to face meeting to discuss your requirements in detail. We aim to be contactable throughout by email or telephone. We like to use simplistic language and avoid legal jargon.

Our team also as knowledge of other jurisdictions and can advise on death duties, conflicts of laws, domicile and succession issues.

For those requiring assistance, home visits can be organised.

Does my Last Will and Testament last forever?

If a Testator wants to make a change to their Will as circumstances in their life may change, for example a divorce, remarriage or further children, rather than make amendments to the existing Will,  to avoid requisitions raised by The Probate Registry, it is advised to make a new Will to avoid ambiguities. It is worth noting that each new Will revokes the previous Will.

A Will is one of the most important personal documents you will ever complete and therefore needs to cater to your own personal circumstances.

The material contained in this guide is provided for general purposes only and does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Appropriate legal advice should be sought for specific circumstances and before action is taken.

@ Miller Rosenfalck LLP October 2013

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Steen Rosenfaclk

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