Areas of Practice

Wills

 

How to make a will

There is no one answer about how to do your Will. It all depends on your assets, your circumstances and who your beneficiaries will be.

Engage CDG Law to assist make a will that; makes your wishes clear, avoids confusion and conflict amongst your loved ones, and is legally valid and binding. Doing this will protect your family and friends from costly and stressful legal disputes.

 

Things You need to consider

 

Who will be your executors?

Your Executors have the legal and administrative task of sorting out your assets and debts after you die and making sure that your wishes as outlined in the Will are upheld.

 

Who will be your beneficiaries and what effect will their inheritance have on their circumstances?

You can designate anyone as a beneficiary and distribute your assets in any way you like, however if you don’t provide for your family and dependants, your will can be contested and your hard won assets used on litigation fees.

You should also consider the effects that an inheritance may have on your beneficiaries. In some cases a testamentary trust can sidestep potential taxation problems, so it’s important that you can get specific advice about your situation.

 

How do you know a Will is valid?

To be valid, the person making the Will must be mentally competent, the Will must be correctly signed and witnessed, and show no evidence of tampering. The witnesses to the Will cannot be beneficiaries, or related to beneficiaries and must be over 18.

If there is any doubt, or potential for disputes as to your mental competence, you should get a doctor’s confirmation of your capacity to make the will and include it with your Will.

 

How often should I review my will?

You should certainly review your Will after any major events, such as marriage, divorce, property purchase or sale, death of a beneficiary of if your assets change significantly. We also recommend that you take a look at your Will every couple of years just to make sure that it is still the best instrument for you and your family.

 

We can help

CDG Law know the potential pitfalls, our law firm will ask you all the right questions to make sure that you have considered every possibility. We can advise you as to whether you would be best with a Will or a Testamentary Trust. CDG Law can design your Will in such a way to help protect your family from expensive litigation after your death and we can safely store your Will in our secure vault.

 

Contact CDG Law to discuss your particular situation and your family’s needs.