Making a will is essential if you want to ensure your loved ones are provided for and your wishes are followed after your death. However we understand this can be a stressful and difficult process for many people. Our team will guide you every step of the way, explaining all of the practical and financial implications, to make sure your will accurately reflects and protects your interests.
Our friendly team will help you get the maximum benefit from your will. Whether you want to keep your assets safe, make tax savings, or donate to charity; we can help draw up a new will or review an existing will to make sure it meets your needs and provides peace of mind.
We can also help if you have international concerns, such as property abroad, which may mean you need to prepare a will for separate jurisdictions and affidavits of foreign law. We can advise on death duties, residency and succession laws, as well as the legal limitations which some countries can impose on non-residents. Our team has particular expertise in South African law, but also considerable knowledge of other global areas.
Lasting powers of attorney
A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that lets you select one or more people to help you make decisions, or to take decisions on your behalf. This means you have more control over what happens to you if can’t make decisions yourself, such as following an accident or illness. We can prepare and register lasting powers of attorney for you and make applications to appoint deputies.
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If there are any concerns about the will’s validity, the will should not be admitted to probate until further enquiries can be made in that regard. For example, medical, forensic and witness evidence can be obtained to show what may have happened when the will was prepared and signed.
A recent case has highlighted the need for cohabiting partners to have updated wills and also to consider how their joint assets are owned.