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Why Use A Professional Will Writer?

When it comes to writing a will, the benefits of using a professional will writer cannot be overstated. The expertise and experience they bring to the table translate into significant time savings, reduced risks, and unparalleled peace of mind. This is especially critical for expatriates, who face additional complexities with cross-border matters.

 

Time Saved

Drafting a will can be a complex and time-consuming task, especially for those unfamiliar with legal jargon and the specific requirements needed to make a will legally binding. Professional will writers streamline this process by handling all the intricate details. They ensure that every necessary clause is included and that the will is tailored to your specific circumstances. This efficiency means you can focus on your daily life without the burden of legal paperwork hanging over your head. For expatriates, managing assets in multiple jurisdictions can be particularly cumbersome. A professional will writer simplifies this process, saving you countless hours of research and document preparation.

 

Risk Reduced

A professionally written will significantly reduces the risk of errors and omissions. Mistakes in a will can lead to lengthy legal battles, potential invalidation of the document, and unintended distribution of assets. Professional will writers are well-versed in legal standards and requirements, ensuring that your will is airtight and accurately reflects your wishes. They stay updated with any changes in the law, providing a safeguard against future legal complications. For expatriates, this expertise is invaluable. The interaction between the laws of the testator’s home country and the country where their assets are based can be complex. A professional will writer can navigate these intricacies, reducing the risk of legal issues arising from cross-border matters.

 

Peace of Mind

Perhaps the most compelling reason to use a professional will writer is the peace of mind it offers. Knowing that your will is drafted by an expert provides reassurance that your estate will be handled according to your wishes. This peace of mind extends to your loved ones, who will have clear instructions and a legally sound document to follow during what can be an emotionally challenging time. A professional will writer also provides guidance and support throughout the will writing process, answering any questions and alleviating concerns. For expatriates, the added complexity of managing assets in multiple jurisdictions can be daunting. A professional will writer ensures that all these elements are correctly addressed, offering you the comfort of knowing your international assets are protected.

 

Complexities of Expatriate Estates

As expatriates, we face unique challenges when preparing a will. We must consider:

Assets owned outside of our home country: such as real estate, offshore bank accounts, investments, and personal possessions spread across different countries, each with its own set of laws.

Temporary care of young children should both parents be unable to look after them due to an accident or unexpected death.

Interaction between laws. The law of the expat’s home country and the country where their assets are based can differ significantly. Navigating these legal frameworks requires specialised knowledge.

 

Additional Benefits of Using a Professional

Using a professional will writer provides several additional benefits, particularly for expatriates:

Highlighting potential legal problems: A professional will writer’s training enables them to identify potential legal issues and offer solutions.

Independent witness: They act as an independent witness to your testamentary capacity and ensure you are not being coerced.

Correct execution: They oversee the execution of your will to ensure it is done correctly, limiting potential challenges.

Tax and financial planning: They can assist with tax and financial planning matters to minimize death duties, where applicable.

Evidence in case of disputes: If your will is challenged, the professional will writer’s notes can be used as evidence, ensuring your wishes are carried out.

Experience and efficiency: Their years of experience enable them to prepare your will more accurately and quickly, ensuring you have a legally valid will in place sooner.

 

Summary

In summary, a professional will writer can save you time and money in the long run. They provide greater peace of mind and are more likely to identify potential problems than a layperson. The UK Government-sponsored Money Advice Service recommends using a professional if you have assets overseas or want to limit your UK inheritance tax liability. Investing in a professional ensures that your final wishes are respected and your loved ones are protected, making it a decision well worth considering.

 

To see whether we can help you prepare your Will, call 06 574 9244 during office hours or 050 594 5217 outside of office hours. Alternatively, contact us and we will be in touch. Please click this link for testimonials from some of our clients.

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