In today’s context, the uncertainty of the future seems to be a common thing that many people would face nowadays and for the older generation, the fear of what would happen to their assets (after their passing) would always be a lingering thought at the back of their mind. Below are some reasons why you should always get a legally drafted will from a professional solicitor.
Seeking legal advice
First and foremost, you might think that drafting a will on your own would be a simple process. Perhaps you might have looked it up on the Internet and thought how easy it would be, but what about the implications and the aftereffects of it? In the eyes of the law, there might be some key elements that you are missing out, or even certain legislations that the Internet does not tell you.
It is recommended to always seek the advice of a solicitor when it comes to such an important matter.
Prevent unnecessary disputes
For some cases, the families involved in a dispute over the deceased’s estate have gotten out of hand till the extent that it has caused a rift between their relations, and in some cases, spill over to the media. This could have been prevented if the deceased had clearly stated the division of assets before his/her death. Legal firms like the Wills and probate solicitor in Hereford are able to help you fulfil this purpose of preventing these disputes through the drafting of a will, as the final decision will be made by you.
Guidance in the court proceedings
Having experienced the bereavement of the family member who has passed away, the immediate family should not have to go through the tedious process of applying to the court for the claiming of assets. Instead, they should leave it to the experienced solicitor who will guide and advise them on the procedures.
Legally valid will
In some countries or states, if the deceased has passed away without drafting a legally valid will, there may be complications in the claiming or sharing of the assets. The law of intestacy state that a deceased person without a legally valid will may not have their wishes followed out in the will, as compared to someone who has made a legally valid will. This means that the state or the court may decide on the asset division if the will is not legally valid in the eyes of the law.
Drafting a will may not be of paramount importance to you right now, but in the long run, it will definitely save you and your future generations the hassles of fighting over the assets in a court or even prevent family disputes on how the assets should be shared. While it’s always possible to draft a will on your own, there may be many different interpretations of it, and it is always advisable to let the professionals handle this as they would be more familiar with the proceedings and are able to guide you through the steps to draft a legally valid will.