Tag Archive: wills

Testamentary Trusts- Are they a good idea?

  • July 13, 2017

Testamentary Trusts – Are they a good idea?  A Testator’s Testamentary Trust is a special type of Will. Financial planners often recommend them but what are they and are they a good idea? Normally, the Will appoints an executor and gives to that executor the power to gather in the deceased’s entire estate and distribute…

Your Questions on Wills Answered

  • March 20, 2014

We regularly receive questions from clients about Wills. Why should I make a Will? If you don’t make a Will, your assets will be distributed to your surviving relatives according to a fixed priority ranking and none of your assets can even be distributed until one of your relatives obtains authority to do so via…

Using a Power of Attorney to make Family payments

  • January 10, 2014

Drop into any domestic family situation anywhere in the world and a culture of “share and share alike” can usually be found. When the family is young, practically everything becomes “communal” except maybe personal clothing and sometimes even that! As the children grow up and parents grow old however, the money, property and favours that…

What’s in a word?

  • April 27, 2012

In the Italian language the word “perché” translates to mean both “why” and “because” in English.  In Greek the word “love” translates out into four separate terms to cover a broad span of emotions ranging from “irresistible dedication” down to “just above like”.  And for the Chinese the battle rages on between linguists as to…

Wills and the rules of construction – Gifts of Property

  • April 2, 2012

As is often the case with poorly drafted wills, the Court is left to make an order as to the intention of the testator in circumstances where the testator is no longer able to give evidence. As a result, the Court has over the years developed various rules that are used in the construction of…