Writing a Will – Who says you’re doing the right thing?

Preparing a Will that’s right for you

So here’s a question, who writes your Will? The answer is YOU. Of course we’ll help you put it onto paper in a way that’s valid and acceptable according to the law – but it’s your Will and if it’s your Will then it starts with you.

This is because your Will is the legal document that holds your “testamentary intentions”, which simply put, is your wishes for how your assets are treated and to whom it will be distributed to after your death. Your Will allows you to structure and disburse your assets in the best interest of your beneficiaries so you will have the peace of mind that your loved ones will be cared for after you’re gone.

On a side note, it’s important to be aware that if you die without a valid Will, a standard legal formula will be applied to the distribution of your estate, regardless of and in some cases, contrary to what you may have intended.  Having a valid Will is the only way to guarantee that your estate will be dealt with according to your wishes and in the best interest of your loved ones. Your Will is designed to contain your testamentary intentions but it is in reality for the benefit and protection of others.

So how can we help you prepare a Will that is right for you?

In most cases, we’re able to prepare Wills based on a simple questionnaire. All you need to do is complete that questionnaire, keeping in mind that the information you provide to us forms the basic framework of your Will. This means the information that you provide must be correct and properly reflect your thoughts and intentions. There’s no point in hiding information or withholding your intentions. Doing that just means the basis of the Will is actually flawed and the exercise would be largely wasted as it wouldn’t then reflect your real situation or your true intentions.

While the responsibility of writing your Will starts with you, it is still a legal document and this is why we recommend that you get assistance from a legal professional so you can be confident that your Will is not only legally acceptable but also accurately reflects your thoughts and intentions for your estate after your death.