General Warnings



Wills

Why Make A Will?
If you die without making a Will, the rules contained in the law would decide how your assets would be split up and distributed to your family and other members. This method of distribution may not necessarily be what you wanted.

For example, some of the rules are:

  • If you die survived by your spouse, the whole of your estate passes to that spouse.
  • If you die survived by a spouse and children, your estate would be divided between your spouse and your children.
  • If you die and are not survived by a spouse or children, but are survived by parents, your parents would receive your estate.
  • If you die and are not survived by a spouse, children or parents, but are survived by brothers and sisters, your estate would be divided equally amongst the brothers and sisters.

These rules refer to legally married spouses. Where there is a de facto relationship involved the rules are different.


When Should A Will Be Prepared and Signed
A Will needs to be prepared and executed while you still have legal capacity to do so. You would want your last Will and testament to be prepared and signed in accordance with the requirements of law while you are healthy and have full control of your mental faculties.

If you wait until an accident or illness, it could be too late.


Why Not Wait Until I Am Ill?

The problem is we all put things off until tomorrow and then forget or are unable to complete what we intended. In the case of a Will, procrastination can be very dangerous. Most people don't know when their end is coming. It just happens in an instant, either through an accident, a plane crash or a sudden heart attack. Even if a person gets a critical illness, he or she may be reluctant to prepare a Will, fearing that doing so would be a “jinx”.

We all have to get past these types of superstitions. Sometimes an illness or a stroke, or even strong medicine may preclude a person from making a valid Will because they may not be mentally competent. The bottom line is that we should not wait until we are ill, but make a Will as soon as possible.


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