Wills & Estates

Is Your Text Message A Valid Will

Is Your Text Message A Valid Will

Did you know that an unsent, draft text message could be a valid will? It is not only formal, signed and witnessed documents that can be a will. The Courts will always try to give effect to a "testamentary intention" if they can. There are a wide variety of ways and...

Estate And Non Estate Assets

Estate And Non Estate Assets

Understanding the difference between estate and non-estate assets is one of the necessities behind a good estate plan. It is of vital importance to understand which assets may be bequeathed by a will on death. Such assets are "deceased estate assets" to be managed by...

Your pet – a vital consideration in your will

Your pet – a vital consideration in your will

A loved pet is as close as family. They can also become an important consideration for your will. There are several options to provide for a pet, in a will: Leave your pet to a friend or relative to care for, usually with a sum of money to assist. (It is important to...

Can an estranged family member challenge my will?

Can an estranged family member challenge my will?

A situation which has been faced by a number of our clients is the breakdown in their relationship with an adult child. At times, the estrangement has reached such a point that the parents no longer wish to provide for the child in their will (or wish to diminish that...

Why every parent should have a will in place

Why every parent should have a will in place

All parents need wills. Most parents would do anything in their power to protect their children and would make great sacrifices to ensure their children grow to become healthy and confident adults.  Yet many parents of young or teenage children never get around to...

Who will make decisions for you when you can’t?

Who will make decisions for you when you can’t?

Our population is ageing. The life expectancy for men is 84 and for women, 87. It is not uncommon for people to suffer from years of ill health particularly in their advanced years. Irrespective of age or whether you are currently in good health it is important that...

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