Why Is WIll Wording So Important?
It is vitally important to ensure the wording for Wills is as specific as possible, as it could be interpreted differently in the future.
Let’s look at a simple example: someone states they wish to leave their car to their eldest child. This seems simple enough, but what if the eldest child has passed away before the parent, leaving another child to become the oldest – what should happen then? Also, what if the car had been changed since the Will was made, would it still mean the new car should be given to the eldest child? In most circumstances these questions can be answered easily by the Executors and/or the beneficiaries. However, if there are disagreements or perhaps certain members of the family don’t get on or are estranged, it can lead to problems. These problems can quickly escalate and could result in increased legal fees which will generally need to be paid from the estate, meaning the beneficiaries will receive less.