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Altering, amending

Leaving an unsigned will – second thoughts or intended last words?

Sometimes an unsigned will is left in situations where the willmaker, in consultation with lawyers, has been in the process of making a new will, but died before the requirements to make a valid legal document were completed. Leaving such a testamentary document raises important questions. Did the deceased approve of the contents of what …

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Illegitimate children, ex-nuptial children – can they inherit?

illegitimate children, ex-nuptial children, contest a will, challenge a will, inheritance, inheritIllegitimate children are those born outside of marriage, or out of wedlock, in older terminology.  These days the word “illegitimate” has largely been replaced in law by the term “ex-nuptial” – nuptial referring to marriage.  Either way, can an ex-nuptial child inherit from their natural parents?  Or contest a natural parent’s will for provision out of their estate? What if no will was left?  

Codicil to a will – making minor changes to a will

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A codicil is a short additional document used to make a minor alteration to an existing will. Both the will and the codicil documents together become the “will” of the person expressing what they want done with their property when they die. Changing executors and trustees in the will is one example where a codicil is used.  Main topics:

Update a will to avoid unintended outcomes

Updating a will might seem a troublesome chore, but circumstances can change from the time it was made. The changes might produce unintended and unwanted outcomes in the event of death. Therefore reviewing a will is important to keep its contents in line with intentions.  Regularly reviewing your will is important so it reflects your intentions.