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As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, we would first like to extend our thoughts and support to those affected by the virus and those providing front line services.

At times like these many of us may be thinking of how best to plan for our families in the event of our untimely death. It is surprising how many people don’t have a Will.

Firstly, it is never too early to make a Will.

We know that it can be hard to make your first Will, but you will find that it is a great relief and peace of mind knowing that your loved ones have been provided for. We sometimes have a mistaken belief that those who we leave behind can sort out things amongst themselves. You should not leave this to chance.

The best way to make sure your possessions are distributed in accordance with your wishes is to make a Will. If you die without a Will, your possessions will then be distributed according to the law.

If you don’t make a Will the Rules of Intestacy apply. This means your estate is distributed in accordance with the law and can often result in those who you wish to be provided for being left out.

When you have made your Will, there is nothing to prevent you from either selling your property or gifting your property during your lifetime. A Will only speaks from death.

In response to the Covid19 pandemic we have taken steps to make it as simple and as safe as possible to make a Will by:

  • preliminary drafts and agreements on contents of your Will before meeting
  • minimal contact when signing your Will
  • our office has been redesigned with separate facilities for reviewing documents, clear partitions, hand sanitizes, and protocols in keeping with best health practices
  • out of office visits to clients where necessary to facilitate finalising your Will

Click on the links below for more information on Wills and Estate Planning:

Why Make A Will

Wills and Probate

Wills and Beneficiaries

Dying Intestate: What happens if you die without a Will?

 

Stay safe and well.

 

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