Preparing to make a will?

Lanigan Clarke solicitors offer a professional and confidential service to discuss all aspects of making your will and planning for your estate. We emphasise the importance of making a will as without one your estate will pass in accordance with the Rules of Intestacy possibly excluding partners, unmarried co-habitants and step-children.

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Preparing to make a will?

Lanigan Clarke solicitors offer a professional and confidential service to discuss all aspects of making your will and planning for your estate. We emphasise the importance of making a will as without one your estate will pass in accordance with the Rules of Intestacy possibly excluding partners, unmarried co-habitants and step-children.

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By making a will:

1. You decide what happens to your property on your death;

2. You can appoint guardians and trustees for your minor children;

3. You can change your will if circumstances change;

4. It gives peace of mind;

5. When making a will you can avail of the opportunity to seek tax advice or estate planning.

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I would have absolutely no hesitation it recommending Langan Clarke Solicitors to anyone. In particular, Mr Gary Clarke himself has been a tremendous help to my family in the past couple of years and I have always found him to be very knowledgeable, helpful and reassuring.

Dave O'Neill

FAQ

Why should I make a will?

It is important to make a will because if you do not, the law of intestacy decides what happens to your assets. A will can ensure proper arrangements are made for your family, and you are giving simple clear guidance for your family regarding how your estate is dealt with after you die, subject to certain legal rights of spouses and children. If you are married, have assets and or children you should make a will. It gives guidance for your family to deal with your assets after your death.

How Much Does Making a Will in Ireland Cost?

The cost of making a will in Ireland can vary from €50 to €150.  A more complicated will which deals with trusts, property abroad, and requires advice on capital gains tax and inheritance tax will cost more than a simple will. Our charges include the cost of making and safely storing the will on your behalf.

How long does it take to make a will?

Most clients will complete their will in a single appointment which will take less than an hour.

Is a homemade will valid?

A homemade will is valid if it satisfies the requirements of the Succession Act 1965. If the will is not executed properly in accordance with the requirements of the Succession Act it is void and will not be effective. Examples of where a homemade will is not effective are where the will is not signed or witnesses properly.  A witness to a will cannot be a beneficiary in the will or it will invalidate the bequest. There are a number of circumstances where it is important to take advice to ensure that the will is valid.

Can I challenge a will?

There are certain cases where a spouse or a child can claim part of the estate under the Succession Act. For example a spouse is entitled to claim the family home notwithstanding the provisions of the will.

Subject to these exceptions wills in Ireland can only be challenged on the basis of undue influence on the person making the will or the testator was of unsound mind at the time of making a will