Can a witness to a Will be a beneficiary? No
Can a family member be a witness? Yes if not a beneficiary but we do not recommend this.
Is it wise to make large monetary gifts in a Will? We advise against this as it is difficult to be sure about your exact financial position when you die.
What happens if I own a foreign property? You may need a seperate Will in the country where the property is.
Why not email us with your Will questions?
Have you had secretive family members who have died leaving a Will, but you have never found out what was in it?
Family members can be secretive at the best of times and when writing a Will they may not openly discuss its contents. This can mean that a loved one may die, and it may not be easy to find out what their Will said.
Did you know you can get a copy of a Will once it has gone to probate?
After a death, the local probate office will normally need to see the original Will and other supporting documents. Normally such work is carried out by a solicitor or other legal adviser.
If there is no Will, this is known as “Letters or Administration” they will still need to know what assets were owned by the deceased and various forms need to be completed. The difference here is that the state will decide where the assets go.
Once, the Probate Office are happy everything is above board; “Probate” is granted where there is a Will. At this point, the document is now in the public domain and can be accessed by the public. Should you wish to look at a Will of a deceased family member of friend, it is possible to do this, and they will provide you with a copy for a small fee.
This is a useful service not everyone will be aware of. Sometimes, family members can be secretive as to the contents of their Will while they are alive and the beneficiaries may not want others knowing they have inherited.
If you would like a copy of a Will, contact me, Paul Rodman on 01539 728020 and I would be pleased to assist.