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Could There Be A Mistake In Your Will, Or Thinking Of Making Your Own Will?

April 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 135

In an important case, the courts recently held that a married couple's 'mirror' Wills were not enforceable because the husband accidentally signed the wife's Will - and the wife signed his Will. They intended leaving their estates to each other and, when the survivor of them died, their assets were supposed to go to their 'adopted' son. In reality, legal formalities for the adoption never actually took place meaning that only the next of kin were entitled to the estate under the intestacy rules. The clerical error could not be undone as the law stands.

Have you made your own Will or reviewed your existing Will recently? Are you thinking about making your own Will? It is crucially important to take the advice of expert Wills solicitors who can advise you on all aspects of your Will so that mistakes like this can be avoided.The law lays downs strict instructions on how a Will should be signed and witnessed. This is for your protection and helps ensure your assets pass to your chosen loved ones when you die.

There are many dangers in making your own Will or having an unqualified 'Will-writer' draft it for you and the best placed professionals to draft your Will are qualified lawyers. Don't be tempted to make your own Will without expert legal advice. You should avoid using a will writing management company, as they could be selling on your case for a fee, that you will end up paying for eventually. Your will could end up being written by an unqualified case manager, not the expert you deserve or thought you were using. Even the simplest mistake could lead to severe consequences for your loved ones and could result in your assets passing to family members on your death who you would not want to inherit. Mistakes can also cost your estate thousands of pounds in legal costs - something you will want to avoid.

Making a Will can provide you with peace of mind by putting your affairs in order, thereby avoiding unnecessary distress for your family and friends as well as ensuring your dependants are properly provided for. Making a Will also ensures that only your chosen family or friends benefit from your estate and avoids unnecessary taxes being paid so that you can preserve your wealth.

Even if you already have a Will, it is important to check it has been properly drafted, signed and executed for your peace of mind. It should also be regularly reviewed. It is never too early to make your Will, but many leave it until it is too late.

The Wills and probate solicitor at Ronald Fletcher & Co can offer you expert advise, whether it is writing your Will for the first time or reviewing an existing Will. Ronald Fletcher & Co specialise in wills, probate and probate disputes and offer you a personal and thorough service, taking into consideration what is best for your estate.

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