If a person dies without leaving a valid Will then they are said to have died intestate.
For a Will to be valid it must be in writing and made by a Testator who :
if married with no children the spouse takes the entire estate
Under the Succession Act the state is the ultimate successor if you have no living relative but NOT if you don’t have a Will. If you don’t have a Will then the estate is administered as outlined above
An administrator is the person that applies to the probate for the Letters of Administration where there is no Will or
Where there is a Will and an executor was not appointed or
If the executor appointed under a Will does not want to act
An executor is a person appointed under a Will to take out a Grant of Probate and distribute the deceased’s estate in accordance with the wishes expressed under the Will
Yes marriage revokes a Will.
People’s circumstances change over time so your Will should be updated every five years to ensure it reflects your intentions.
Making a Will is a straightforward exercise and is done over one or two meetings
You can contact Emma at email@example.com and she will send our Will instruction sheet which you can fill out and return to us
In order to draft your Will we need to the following information
WHAT IS A TRUSTEE?
A trustee is a person appointed under a Will or if there is no Will appointed by the Court to look after the estate of a deceased person on behalf of the minor or incapacitated person for the benefit of that person.
Yes ideally the person should be someone you know and trust. If you have appointed someone to act as a trustee in the event of your death then you should tell them. You should also explain and put it in writing the matters that are important to you and that you are happy for them to spend your money on for the benefit of your children. For example it may be important to you that your children finish third level education or that an expensive instrument is purchased for a musically gifted child or that your children are given money towards travel. Your trustees are basically looking after your children/incapacitated person financially with the money from your estate. It is best to make sure there is as little room for confusion as possible.
A guardian appointed under a Will is called a testamentary Guardian. This guardian is appointed by you to make sure you have your say in how your minor child/ren will be looked after when you die. If you do not have a Will or have not appointed a guardian then the courts will have to appoint a guardian. That is why it is much better if you have your say and appoint the person/s that is best to look after your minor child/ren in what is a very difficult time for them.
Cohabitants do not have an automatic right to inherit. Any jointly held property will pass to them and may be subject to Capital Acquisitions Tax. A qualified cohabitant who is financially dependent may make an application for provision out of the deceased’s estate but this is a very precarious position to leave someone that you have been in a committed relationship with. If this is your situation you should seek legal advice on how best to look after those you care about in the most tax efficient manner. Also what a lot of people do not realise is that if your partner dies and has a pension - this pension may be only payabe to spouses and children and not partners.
Many people believe it or not have very definite ideas of what they want for their funeral to include burial or cremation and the kind of service whether religious or not. All of these plans need to be communicated to the your next of kin. It will be too late to leave these plans with your Will as by the time the Will is read it is invariably some time after the person has been buried or cremated.