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Peace of mind in life’s most delicate moments

 

 

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You may think it’s not necessary to make a Will if you don’t have many assets but it’s essential, no matter how humble you believe your bequeathed items will be. Gill & Lane are experts in this field. We are well known for our professionalism and attention to detail. We understand, for example, that if your loved one is in a nursing home when they die, you may not be able to even get their wedding rings or other valuable jewellery back if there is no Will to say they are to be given to you. And of course, if a person dies intestate―without a Will―it takes a great deal longer for their estate to be settled and divided up.

The longer it takes, the more costly the proceedings are. What a waste to see a large percentage of the estate eaten up simply because the deceased had not made a Will. There are also financial advantages of having a Will―you can even, in certain circumstances, use a Will to minimise the amount of tax payable and your family will be spared unexpected legal bills.

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Peaceful parting

How many times have you heard of family fighting long after loved ones have passed on simply because there was no clear Will stating who gets what? No one wants bitter arguments and disputes at a time when they are trying to cope with the loss of someone close to them. If you want to give your heirs specific items after your parting, this may not happen unless you leave a Will stating clearly who is to receive what.

Instead, the decision will be made by a court of law which will hold no regard for what you told your loved ones they would receive upon your death. Word of mouth is not taken into consideration in such a case as it cannot be proven. If you have children under the age of 18 there’s also the important issue of who will be their legal guardian if you die―you may verbally have nominated a loved one but only a legally binding Will can put that into action.

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Costly contention

Contesting a Will is a costly affair. There’s no telling whether the courts will even rule in favour of your preferred heirs so it could cost them a great deal for no return. These problems could all be prevented by simply making a legal Will and having it signed by a reliable witness.

This is not difficult to do when you’ve consulted with Gill & Lane who specialise in drawing up Wills. While no one is obliged to make a Will, we cannot emphasise enough how important it is to ensure you have all your affairs in order. It not only gives you peace of mind, but makes things a lot less complicated when you die. It’s as simple as making an appointment and coming to see us.

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