Avoid dispute with a legally-sound will

Date: May 25, 2012

Seeking the assistance of a wills and estate lawyer can help you produce a document that is legally sound and can be carried out in accordance with your wishes.

One of the problems that many people encounter when writing their own will is that they miss out certain pieces of key information, or even forget to add their signature, meaning it is subject to a will dispute.

There are all sorts of details that need to be included in a will in order to make it valid - all of which your lawyer is able to offer advice on.

A crucial element of your will is the appointment of an executor, as they will be responsible for carrying out your wishes as per your instructions.

It is advisable to choose more than one executor, as they can share the workload when it comes to distributing your assets.

Should one of your executors pass away - and you fail to select another before their duties are needed - then making a second appointment can help to avoid problems arising.

However, one element of writing a will that some people overlook is that they need permission from the executors they have selected.

It is possible to choose an executor who is in line to benefit from your estate - in some instances, people will select a professional rather than a friend or family member.

However, it is worth noting that a professional will often charge a fee for their services.

If you have a child under the age of 18, it is important to avoid the likelihood of being able to challenge a will by appointing a legal guardian, otherwise you will have no say over who looks after them.

Most couples presume that one of them will pass away first, but if the situation arose where both died at the same time, a child could be left without sufficient care.

This can cause all sorts of ructions within a family, so it is worth considering the eventuality when writing your will.

One major area of contention is major debts, which will need to be paid off after you have passed away.

This can be made much easier for your executors if you list any major debts you owe, as they will then be paid off in order.

Failing to do this can lead to tension that your family could do without at this already stressful time.