Wills and Estate Planning

25
Apr

In the Land of the Will, Clarity is King

Article courtesy of Law Dot News |Wills and Estate Planning In the Land of the Will, Clarity is King “The golden rule for the interpretation of testaments is to ascertain the wishes of the testator from the language used. And when these wishes are ascertained, the court is bound to give effect to them, unless we are prevented by some
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29
Jan

A Valentine’s Day Thought for Life Partners: What is a “Universal Partnership”?

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Wills & Estate Planning | Family Law | Wills What is a “Universal Partnership”? “Marriage is the chief cause of divorce” (Groucho Marx) This Valentine’s Day, think about the legal aspects of your romantic relationship. They’re a lot less exciting than the traditional declarations of love backed up by chocolates and flowers, but
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4
Jan

Estate Planning: Remember your Pets!

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Wills & Estate Planning Estate Planning: Remember your Pets! “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” (Mahatma Gandhi) For many of us our pets are a central part of our lives, our much loved “fur babies”, our companions, exercise partners, even
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27
Nov

Plan Your Estate to Protect Your Family – Two End-of-Year Questions to Ask Yourself

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” (Songwriters Pola & Wyle) As the end of another year approaches, with its family celebrations and holidays, take the time to check that your estate plan really does ensure that your loved ones will be looked after when you are no longer here for them. Here are two questions to ask yourself

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26
Sep

Can a Video Call be a Valid Will?

“Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.” (Ambrose Bierce) It may well be that in the future, we will be able to make a perfectly valid will (“Last Will and Testament”) by way of a video recording or other electronic means, but that day has not yet arrived. For now, it is essential that your

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28
Aug

How to Protect Your Children’s Inheritances from Ending Up in the Guardian’s Fund

“Live each day as if it were your last… because one day, you’ll be right.” (Benny Hill) It’s always tempting to procrastinate about decisions that force us to address the inevitability of our own mortality. But we have no choice when it comes to protecting our loved ones after we are gone, because to protect them a will (“Last Will

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24
Apr

Divorce: Remember to Review Your Will!

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Divorce & Wills Divorce: Remember to Review Your Will! “It has long been a foundational principle of our common law and the legislation that has governed the law of testamentary succession that a will, properly executed, is the document that authoritatively reflects the genuine and voluntary dispositions of a testatrix.” (Extract from judgment
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3
Jan

Living Wills: 6 Myths Busted

Health issues and mortality are facts of life, no matter how remote they may seem at the moment, nor how distressing they are to contemplate. For your family’s sake as well as for your own, make sure that you have a Living Will (or another form of “advance healthcare directive” such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare) in

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28
Nov

Generational Wealth Planning – To Your Children and Beyond!

“Are we being good ancestors?” (Jonas Salk) What do you plan to give your family this Festive Season? Now’s the time to think beyond the brightly wrapped gifts under the tree and get started on an estate plan which will leave your loved ones the lasting gift of financial freedom. Estate planning involves a lot more than just executing a

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29
Aug

Your Will Can’t Wait: The Tragic Case of a Mother Who Took Too Long

Article courtesy of Law Dot News | Family Law - Wills & Estate Planning Your Will Can’t Wait: The Tragic Case of a Mother Who Took Too Long “We are such stuff / As dreams are made on, and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep.” (Shakespeare) We aren’t comfortable thinking about our mortality, but death comes to
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