10 reasons why you need a WILL

TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR FAMILY AND LOVED ONES

Writing a Will helps you protect and provide for your family by distributing your assets to selected beneficiaries who may include members of your family. When you remember that a Will is not for you, but for the ones you love, for example your spouse, children and other dependants, it becomes easier to take the steps towards creating a lasting plan for them.

TO APPOINT A GUARDIAN

With a Will, you have the opportunity of setting up a trust and appointing a trustee who controls a portion of your estate for a named beneficiary. This is usually the case where the maker of the Will decides that it may be a bad idea for his children to receive a large inheritance at a young age. He may then appoint a trustee who will control and preserve such inheritance until the beneficiary comes of age or until such a time expressly stated by the Testator (maker of the Will).

TO APPOINT PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES

Writing a Will enables you appoint trusted and competent persons as personal representatives (i.e. Executors) who will deal with your assets in line with your wishes as the Testator.

TO PREVENT DISPUTES AMONGST FAMILY MEMBERS

When you have a Will, you decide who gets what from your property. This minimizes the possibility of strife amongst family members when distributing the property.

TO AVOID DELAY AT PROBATE

Probate is the first step in the legal process of administering the estate (property) of a deceased person. All estates must go through probate whether or not there is a Will. Writing a Will speeds up the probate process because the court is informed by your Will of how you intend distributing your property. On the other hand failure to write a Will may bring about complications and delay in the administration of the estate of the deceased, because the court will then have to decide on how best the estate should be distributed without your input.

TO PROVIDE FOR YOUR FAMILY AND LOVED ONES

Writing a Will helps you protect and provide for your family by distributing your assets to selected beneficiaries who may include members of your family. When you remember that a Will is not for you, but for the ones you love, for example your spouse, children and other dependants, it becomes easier to take the steps towards creating a lasting plan for them.

TO COME TO TERMS WITH REALITY

Many people have not accepted death as a part of life, so writing a Will helps you consider and plan for the time when you will be no more.

TO HAVE PEACE OF MIND

Writing a Will gives you peace knowing that your interests will be properly catered for in line with your wishes whenever you are no more.

TO ASSIST LOVED ONES AT THE TIME OF GRIEF

The knowledge by loved ones that you have written a Will is likely to avoid a further compounding of the grieving process of loved ones in the critical period.

TO GIVE FUNERAL AND BURIAL INSTRUCTIONS

A person may choose to be cremated or buried differently from the usual practice of his clan, society or culture. You can give such directions and more by writing your Will.