Preparation and Drafting of Wills

Having a Will is important as it ensures your wishes will be carried out after your death. This includes how your money, assets and possessions will be distributed amongst family and friends.

Can I draft my own Will?

It is possible to prepare and draft a Will yourself. However, this is fraught with potential complications.

Wills are extremely complex documents and even the smallest mistake could render it invalid. This would mean that the document is not legally binding and will not be taken into consideration after your death.

Instead your estate will be divided according to the rules set out in the Succession Act. Consequently certain family and friends who you had hoped to bequeath with a gift may not receive it.

Should a solicitor prepare my Will?

To avoid the pitfalls of a poorly drafted Will, you should ask a specialist Wills solicitor to prepare it for you.

A solicitor can help you prepare the Will so that all of your wishes are included. This incorporates a range of things, from funeral arrangements to the care of loved ones under the age of 18. This will guarantee that every eventuality is covered, giving you the peace of the mind that your family members will be taken care of after your death.

If you would like to make a change to your Will, your solicitor can also assist. There might be a change in your circumstances, such as a marriage, divorce or the birth of a child. If so your solicitor can draft a codicil which amends, rather than replaces, the document.

Have your Will professionally drafted

Having a professional draft your Will is the safest option. The knowledge and expertise of a lawyer will make certain that your Will is valid. It will also ensure that the document is thoroughly prepared, containing all of your wishes to be carried out after you are gone. This will protect your loved ones, ensuring they do not face any legal challenges in the future – something which could leave them without the provision you had intended.

Contact us

To talk to a solicitor about the preparation and drafting of Wills, please contact us at Gibson & Associates.

You can call us on 1890 989 289 or email us on info@gibsonandassociates.ie. If you would prefer to contact us online you can complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch shortly.

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