To make a Will, a person has to consider the implications of the disposal of their assets and how it will impact on those left behind. The decision on who should receive bequests must be made with the freedom of choice and the following case highlighted this
A penniless Eastern European man who had made his fortune in his lifetime decided to make his own Will which meant that his £2.75 million estate may not have reached the beneficiaries he wanted them to on his death. The following case details the problems of making a Will without the proper legal advice.
It may seem tempting to get a ready made Will form from the internet or a shop so you can complete it without the need to consult a lawyer thereby cutting the costs, this may be somewhat short sighted however, as the following case in which a woman completed three forms without seeking any legal opinion shows.
Mental capacity is one of the considerations when a Will is determined to be valid, which is a good reason to make your Will as soon as possible with the help of a solicitor. The case of a man who left it until a couple of months before he died of cancer allowed an opportunity for his relatives to challenge the Will in the High Court.