Will Drafting

Aside from it making good sense to consult with Sinels before drafting your will, there are jurisdictions including that of Jersey, where complex laws apply to the drafting of and attestation of wills and require the involvement of an advocate or lawyer in the process. Self-help tends to be penny-wise and pound foolish.

Good Organisation

At the outset, for your will to be drafted properly, it’s important to have complete information relating to your assets and liabilities worldwide, especially within the country you call home. Having these accessible to you and as organised as possible will make it simpler to have the necessary details well-recorded in the will. Sinels can help with drafting a valid will. If laws change, we can update the will accordingly. The more organised the facts of your estate and the details of your legacy are, the easier it is for your executor and family after your death.

Consider Your Legacy

Give careful thought to the person or persons you appoint as will executor. Wills are a matter of trust. It’s helpful to include instructions for passing on your values as well as your valuables and providing for loved ones who may be less responsible or may need future protection from divorce or from creditors. Too many people have insufficient plans in place.

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Will Disputes

Disputes regarding the will of a loved one who has died can arise through either a conflict among the beneficiaries of an estate or through an executor’s apparent incapacity or failure to act in accord with the wishes of the deceased or adhere to the requirements of probate. Sinels can be a calm presence and advisory stalwart in the most contentious of will disputes, even those involving bitterness, hostility, coercion and fraud, all of which we have experienced.

Advice on the Duties and Rights of Executors and Beneficiaries

Given the responsibility for distribution of a deceased person’s estate which may cover assets in a number of countries, may involve debt and expenses, and may require court filings in multiple jurisdictions it is a commitment not to be taken lightly. In understanding the rights and duties of both executors and beneficiaries in the settlement of deceased estates, Sinels is a trusted ally.

Probate Applications

Private wealth and the affairs of wealthy individuals and families often have an international dimension. There are often quite significant undertakings to fulfil the last wishes of a loved one’s estate including, in Jersey and similar jurisdictions, applying for a Grant of Probate. For the appointed person, this provides the legal right to administer the estate. This process is commonly referred to as probate.

Will Drafting

The formal process of drafting a will is more than a matter of reducing a person’s wishes to writing. Sinels will advise on the implications and wisdom of provisions with regards to administrative expenses, clarity of language, and on outcomes which are, and which are not within a person’s control once they have passed over.