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...

Appointing Trustees in your Will

A “trustee” is a person who is legally responsible for assets held in a “trust”. When a Will is drafted, it sometimes appoints Trustees as well as Executors. The role of Executor is to administer the deceased’s Estate, but the Trustees are there to manage any ongoing...

The Role of an Executor of a Last Will & Testament

Typically, when someone makes their Will, they will choose a relative or friend to be their executor and usually, that person agrees. But do they really understand and appreciate their responsibilities? As an executor, when someone close to you passes away, it is an...