Wills statistics – the reality!

Benjamin Franklin said ‘in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes’ So why don’t we all have a Will that states who we want to inherit our hard-earned assets? The most common opinions are: I don’t have time to make a Will I can’t think about that now...

Co – Habiting

In most countries, if someone dies without a Will, family members will inherit their estate according to the intestacy rules in the country they died in. This means that co-habitees would not inherit anything from their partner’s estate. Of course, this can be very...

Disinheriting someone in a will

In some countries, it is not possible to disinherit a family member in your will because forced heirship removes the freedom to do so. It determines which heirs are entitled to receive the assets of a deceased person. The rules vary from country to country, but in...

Rules of Intestacy

When someone dies and has not made a Will, they are deemed to have died ‘Intestate’. If there is no Will, any beneficiaries will inherit according to the Intestacy Rules of the country where the assets are situated. Intestacy laws across the world will vary by...

Requirements of a legally binding will

The requirements of a valid will are generally the same throughout the world with only a few exceptions. For a will to be legally binding a number of requirements must be met. They are complex, and professional advice should always be sought before making a will. If...

Challenging the validity of a Will

Although you take every care to make sure your Will is correct legally and according to your wishes, there is always the possibility that someone will claim that your Will is not valid. According to the laws of England & Wales, a Will can only be challenged on the...