“Will Guilt” – noun
- a feeling of self-condemnation associated with the recurring realisation that you still haven’t prepared your will or arranged your affairs.
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Preparing a will does not always have to be an expensive and painful experience. While few people enjoy thinking about it, it is absolutely vital that you prepare your will (and other documents such as Enduring Powers of Attorney) before it is too late.
While it certainly isn’t the case for everyone, for most of our clients, the preparation of their wills is a straightforward process. Before making an appointment to see one of our solicitors, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the following points:
- Who do you want to act as your executor? An executor is the person who is essentially “in charge” when somebody passes away. They would have duties such as arranging the funeral, contacting a solicitor to assist them in administering the estate and making a distribution of your assets in accordance with the terms of your will.You can appoint anyone as your executor. In most cases, the executor would be your spouse, children or another beneficiary under your will. If you are having trouble deciding on the appropriate person to act as your executor, we can certainly discuss this further with you at our conference.
- What do you want to happen to your assets? You need to decide who is going to inherit your assets when you pass away. It is entirely your decision as to who you leave your property to, but it will in most cases be your family such as your spouse or children.We understand that this might not be a straightforward exercise for all of our clients. During our conference we will be able to discuss this with you in detail and provide you with appropriate advice to ensure you are making a fully informed decision.
Having been involved in numerous estate disputes, we know the potential pitfalls of will-drafting and will be able to help you avoid them.
It is also a good time to think about preparing other documents such as Enduring Powers of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship Appointments. Unlike your will, these are documents that will be in effect while you are still alive. They are important to put in place while you still can, as they will be vital should the time ever come where you are unable to manage your own affairs due to old age or poor health.
Contact us today to book in an appointment with one of our experienced solicitors and absolve yourself of Will Guilt.