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Wills and Probate FAQs

Q. I am about to get married, but I have a Will already. What should I do?

A. Marriage automatically revokes an existing Will unless it has been made specifically in anticipation of marriage.  Therefore, you will need to make a new Will before or shortly after the wedding.

Q. What is an Executor?

A. An Executor is the person you choose to be responsible for your funeral arrangements.  They will ensure that your wishes, as contained in your Will, are followed.  Members of your family and beneficiaries are entitled to be Executors.

Q. What do I do if I am asked to take care of arrangements after death?

A. Register the death at the Registry of Births, Marriages and Deaths, contact a funeral director to discuss the funeral arrangements, put together a list of assets valued as at the date of death, find out whether the deceased has any debts, and then take this information to a solicitor.

Q. Can I change my Will?

A. Yes. Your Will should be reviewed every couple of years or if your personal situation changes, for example if you buy a house, marry, separate or divorce.
If it is a minor change this can be dealt with by having a ‘codicil’ drawn up.  Anything complicated is best dealt with by making a new Will.

Q. Should I appoint guardians for my children?

A. If you have children under the age of 18 years you may want to appoint guardians in case a serious incident occurs.  This would be the case if you did not have a close family member or next of kin to look after your children.