Probate Wills Cork Solicitor

Probate Wills Cork Solicitor

Welcome to Johnson & Co, Solicitors, Cork We offer a friendly, professional and competitively priced Will writing and advice service, whether you wish to make your first will or you wish to revise your existing Will.

What is Probate and how does it work?

Probate is a term used to describe the process of proving that a will is valid. In order to avoid fraud, wills must be properly executed, i.e. signed and witnessed before the instructions in the will can be accepted as being the genuine wishes of the deceased. Every will in Ireland must be submitted to the Probate Office. If the will is accepted as being a valid will, a Grant of Probate issues. A Grant of Probate is esentially a certificate from the Probate office that the will is valid. If, for example money, is held in a bank account of the deceased, the bank will normally not release monies to the family of the deceased but instead will ony release it to the executor named in the Grant of Probate.

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The whole process of preparing a will offers a great peace of mind, ensuring that loved ones are provided for in the manner you want, and that you also have the opportunity to consider the tax effectiveness of this and whether any other lifetime planning is appropriate for your circumstances.

It also means that the responsibility for administering your estate can vest in people whom you have chosen. Johnson & Co, Solicitors have extensive experience in advising on succession planning and drafting wills. This page has some useful information about succession planning and drafting wills.

You may also be interested in our pages about Probate and administration of estates, Inheritance and disputed estate claims and Enduring Powers of Attorney. While we have tried to provide some basic legal information, no website can answer all your questions.

Do you live in Cork? If so please call now to book a telephone or face-to-face conversation with an experienced Cork solicitor.

Probate Issues

Wills for Couples

Who do you want to raise your children if you both die suddenly?

Will your assets be available to fund your children’s schooling etc?

What age do you want your children to inherit?

At Johnson and Company, Solicitors we prepare wills for couples with young children. If you have not made a will yet and you happen to die suddenly, there can be traumatic dispute over who should raise your children. It is better to leave clear instructions as to who you want to raise your children. By making a will you can also ensure that there is adequate funds available to cover the cost of schooling etc.

How to make a Will

Making a will is very important but it is much easier than you might think. Give us a ring today and we can prepare a draft for you to consider. Once you have approved the will you can have it executed before two witnesses here in our Cork office or we can send a will to be signed by you at home before two witnesses.

In general, we do not charge a large fee for making a will, and since it is one of the most important legal documents you will ever make, it is false economy to try to do it without skilled professional advice. Making a will is very important but it is much easier than you might think.

Why make a will?

You can leave your property, money and other assets to the people you want. Without a will, the law takes over, which could mean family, friends or charities would miss out altogether. You can choose your children’s guardian. Your children’s future is protected if you choose a legal guardian to be responsible for their upbringing in the event of your death.

You need to get the person’s permission before nominating them, of course. If you don’t specify anyone, it will be left to surviving relatives to sort out who looks after your children, and it may be someone you would never have chosen yourself or there may be a dispute as to who should look after your children.

It is also important to give the guardians powers to deal with the your assets in order that there is sufficient resources to pay for your children’s living and educational expenses. Your partner may benefit.

Unmarried partners cannot inherit from each other unless there’s a will. Your partner could end up with nothing. You can ensure your will is tax efficient. This is important if you’ve got a lot to leave, and it’ll safeguard the money that goes to your family. The age of 18 is very young to inherit. In contrast most wills seek to increase the age of inheritance to 21 or 25.

No will made?

Failure to plan your affairs in the form of a will can have unhappy consequences for your family and loved ones. Even if you have no close family, it is no reason not to make a will as should you die without a will and in the event of no next of kin being traced your estate would go to the State.

Executors

Making a will allows you to choose your own executor, the person who will wind up your estate and deal with your affairs after your death. The appointment of your executor is important as they must ensure that your estate is distributed as per your will instructions. If you do not appoint an executor, beneficiaries administer the estate of the deceased, they may not be suitable to deal with large sums of money or in some cases a business. A will enables you to decide how your body will be dealt with after death – cremated, buried, the type of funeral service and whether your body parts can be used for medical purposes.

No will made?

Failure to plan your affairs in the form of a will can have unhappy consequences for your family and loved ones. Even if you have no close family, it is no reason not to make a will as should you die without a will and in the event of no next of kin being traced your estate would go to the State.

Book a telephone or face-to-face consultation with an experienced solicitor.

Call 021 484 7771

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