Did you know that marriage will generally revoke your previous Will?
Many people are not aware that getting married will revoke any Will you have previously made, unless that Will was specifically made in Bannercontemplation of that marriage.
We advise you to always ensure your Will is valid and up-to-date, especially when you are entering into a new relationship or starting a new family.
A professionally drafted Will gives you peace of mind, and can help ensure that your wishes regarding your property are followed after you pass away.
A properly drafted Will can also allow you to appoint a guardian of any children under 18 years old, which can help ensure your children are looked after properly by the people you want to care for them in the event of your death.
If you are planning a wedding, or are recently married, we advise you to consider your Estate Planning needs as soon as possible.
You should also ensure that your Will, Enduring Power of Attorney and Advance Care Directive documents are valid and up-to-date before travelling on your honeymoon.
While we strongly suggest everyone ensures they have a valid and up-to-date Will, a Will is particularly important for second marriages and blended families.
For second marriages, a professionally drafted Will can help protect your assets, and help ensure that your family is provided for following your death, and that your assets are divided pursuant to your wishes. For blended families, a Will can help ensure your family is provided for following your death.
A contract for mutual Wills can also provide you with peace of mind, and help ensure that children from a previous relationship are not left out.
Your Will, Enduring Power of Attorney and Advance Care Directive documents
Even if you are not getting married, a family member’s or friend’s wedding is the perfect stimulus for you to review your Will, Enduring Power of Attorney and Advance Care Directive documents to ensure they are accurate and up-to-date.
We also always advise everyone consider reviewing and updating their Wills, Enduring Power of Attorney and Advance Care Directive documents before travelling.
Because you never know what tomorrow will bring, we strongly suggest everyone has a valid and up-to-date Will, Enduring Power of Attorney and Advance Care Directive.
The Adelaide Wedding Expo
Pascale Legal Barristers & Solicitors will be exhibiting at the Adelaide Wedding Expo this Sunday, 9 April 2017, at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. We will be discussing Wills and how marriage can affect your Estate Planning needs.
Why not drop by and have a chat regarding your Will, Enduring Power of Attorney and Advance Care Directive documents, or any other area of law we specialise in?
If you can’t make it to the Adelaide Wedding Expo, why not call us now to arrange your FREE first appointment, to discuss your Estate Planning or any other legal needs.