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Basic Will Planning

May 20, 2024 | Estate Planning, SJB Global

Basic Will Planning

May 20, 2024 | Estate Planning, SJB Global

Essential Guide to Basic Will Planning:

Thinking about the future and what happens after we’re gone isn’t exactly everyone’s cup of tea. But planning your will, is a step too many of us shy away from.

Understanding the basics of will planning doesn’t have to feel like solving a Rubik’s cube.

So, let’s break it down into bite-sized pieces.

First things first, let’s get to know the key players in your will:

  1. The Testator: That’s you, the planner! Deciding who gets what from your life’s collection.
  2. Beneficiaries: These are the folks who’ll be receiving your assets. From your spouse or  your favourite charity, you decide who’s on the receiving end.
  3. Executor(s): Think of them as the directors of your final wishes. Choosing someone detail-oriented and trustworthy is crucial—they’ll be handling everything from paying off your debts to distributing your assets.
  4. Solicitor: This makes sure your will is bulletproof. They’ll navigate the legal jargon and ensure your will stands up against any challenges.
  5. Witnesses: They give your will the green light, making it legally valid. Just remember, they can’t benefit from your will, or it’s a no-go.
Diving Into Will Trusts

Will trusts are like a safety net, ensuring your assets are handled just the way you want. Whether it’s keeping a roof over a minor’s head until they’re old enough or making sure your spouse is taken care of before the kids inherit, trusts offer that extra layer of precision in planning.

What Could Go Wrong?

Even the best-laid plans can hit a snag if you’re not careful:

  • Making a New Will: Only the latest version holds water, so make sure it’s clear it’s the last word on your wishes.
  • Saying “I Do”: Tying the knot? Your old will won’t stand unless it was made with those wedding bells in mind.
  • Beneficiary Blues: If a beneficiary checks out before you do, it’s time for a will revision, lest you leave legal loopholes.
  • A will without the proper signatures and witnesses might get the side-eye from the law, making it as good as invisible.
  • Mind Matters: If there’s any question about your mental state at the time of signing, your will’s validity is up for debate.
Why a Solicitor is Your Best Friend in Will Planning

With all the potential pitfalls, having a solicitor in your corner isn’t just nice; it’s necessary.

They’re the key to navigating the complex terrain of will planning, ensuring your will is not just valid but also covers all your global assets. International estate planning? They’ve got you covered.

Wrapping Up

Taking control of your legacy through basic will planning isn’t just smart—it’s a kindness to those you leave behind.

It’s about making sure your final wishes are heard loud and clear, without leaving your loved ones in a legal limbo.  

This communication is for informational purposes only based on our understanding of current legislation and practices which are subject to change and are not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, investment advice, investment recommendations or investment research. You should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in this communication is correct, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions.

 

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