Wills, Inheritance and Estate Planning
Byrne Carolan Cunningham Solicitors are experts in Will drafting and in all matters pertaining to administration of estates and estate planning.
We will guide you through the process of making your will ensuring that your family and loved ones have been adequately provided for and importantly give you peace of mind by ensuring that no unnecessary stress or expense is placed on your family in the event of your untimely death.
Making a will is not complicated and will help ensure that your assets and property are distributed in accordance with your wishes and not in accordance with legislation. Our expert team of solicitors are well placed to furnish you with essential advice with regard to minimising your beneficiaries exposure to capital acquisitions tax whilst at the same time ensuring that your will correctly distributes your assets in accordance with your wishes.
Byrne Carolan Cunningham Solicitors will guide you through the administration of an estate of a loved one whether or not they had made a will. We aim to make this process as straightforward and stress-free as possible.
“Creating a will is usually very straightforward and inexpensive and leaves you with peace of mind and knowledge that your loved ones are looked after and our assets are divided in accordance with your wishes, after your death. Call us today for a quotation with no obligation”
Dolores Gacquin, Head of Wills and Inheritance Department, Byrne Carolan Cunningham.
Frequently Asked Questions about wills
What is a will?
A will is a legal document setting out directions on how the property of the person making the will (the “Testator”) shall be distributed upon his or her death.
Who can make a will?
In order to make a will one must be ages at least 18 years and be of sound mind.
I have not made a will. What happens to my property if I die?
If you die without having made a will, you are said to have died intestate and your property us divided in accordance with the rules of intestate as set out in the Succession Act, 1995.
The rules must be applied strictly regardless of the needs or financial circumstances of your next of kin. This can mean that adequate provision is not made for certain loved ones and that your property is not divided in accordance with your wishes.
I am the parent of young children, is it important for me to make a will?
It is VITAL that you make a will if you have any children under 18 or if you have any long term dependents. Making a will allows you to appoint a testamentary guardian to care for your children after your death, ensuring that custody of your children is granted to the individuals you prefer.
I made a will several years ago, can I change it now?
Yes, you can make a new will as often as you like. In fact, it is a good idea to review your will on a regular basis to cater for any changes in your or potential beneficiaries circumstances.
If I leave my property to someone in a will am I then precluded from selling it?
No, your will only takes effect on your death, your property remains yours to do what you wish with it during your lifetime.
Does remarriage or divorce affect my will?
A marriage will revoke any will previously made whereas a divorce will not revoke any will previously made.in both situations testamentary arrangements should be reviewed.
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