Category Archives: Wills and Estates

Why Do I Need A Will?

By acelegal September 10, 2018

A Will is a legally binding document that is used to determine how a person’s estate and property will be distributed after his or her death. This is the best way to ensure that your wishes will be followed after your death, and it must be written clearly so that there is no possibility of it being contested in the future. It is possible to write your own Will, but if you do not seek legal advice this may not be watertight. We would always advise that the best way to make a Will is through an experienced Wills and…

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Is It Possible To Dispute A Will?

By acelegal July 7, 2018

When someone you love has died, dealing with all of their personal effects and the distribution of property is a complex matter, even if there are no complicating factors. Taking care of this as well as processing your own grief can be very difficult. However, if you believe that a Will is unfair, or that it has not been made legally, this can makes things a lot more stressful. If the Will of a loved one is not what you expected, or not what you believed it would be, you may be able to challenge it. This is a very…

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Can I Challenge Someone’s Will If I Am Left Out Of It?

By acelegal February 7, 2018

A Will is a legally binding document that details how an estate will be disposed of after a person’s death. In an ideal world, people would be able to discuss their Wills with their families to avoid conflicts in the event of their death, but this is often not possible, and sometimes there is a case to challenge a Will if an interested party feels that he or she has not received enough from the deceased. Here at Irwin, Kilculllen & Co Solicitors, we specialise in Wills and Probate and we know that every case should be examined individually. Many…

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Is Your Will Out Of Date?

By acelegal January 22, 2018

Writing a Will is a very important way to ensure that your wishes are respected in the event of your death, and that your property is distributed as you intend. However, if your circumstances have changed or if you are no longer sure where your Will is held, you should consider making a new Will as soon as possible. Here at Irwin, Kilculllen & Co Solicitors, it is our priority to protect the interests of our clients, and ensuring that they have an up to date Will is an essential way to do this. To avoid situations such as family…

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Handwritten Wills: The Potential Problems

By acelegal November 22, 2017

Did you know that handwritten Wills can cause many legal problems, which can be upsetting and stressful for the beneficiaries? Handwritten, or holographic, Wills are legally valid provided that they are dated and signed by the testator (the person making the Will) and witnessed by two independent witnesses. There are, however, many cases where holographic Wills have been challenged and contested. Here at Irwin, Kilcullen & Co Solicitors, it is our priority to protect the interests of our clients, particularly where there are challenges to the expressed wishes they have left. We would always recommend meeting with an experienced solicitor…

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Where Do You Keep Your Assets? The Importance Of Making A Will

By acelegal November 15, 2017

Many people in Ireland die each year without making a will. This is known as dying intestate, and is often due to the belief that only people who are wealthy need to make a will. In fact, when you have any capital at all, including savings that you keep in your home, or when you have personal belongings that you wish to pass on, a will is very important to ensure that your wishes are respected. Here at Irwin, Kilcullen & Co Solicitors, we focus on probate and Wills, and we can help you to prevent problems with the way…

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How Is Estate Administration Managed After Death?

By acelegal September 19, 2017

The process by which an estate is handled after death is known as probate, but many people do not understand how this works. Probate means that someone – chosen by the person who has died – is given the authority to administer the estate as specified in the Will. Here at Irwin, Kilcullen & Co Solicitors, we specialize in probate and Wills, and our priority is ensuring that your wishes for your estate are managed clearly. Our team of experienced solicitors can ensure that your Will is watertight to avoid problems for your loved ones after your death, and we…

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Do You Need A Living Will?

By acelegal August 18, 2017

A will is the document that is used to enable your solicitor and loved ones to follow your wishes after your death, particularly with regard to the care of your children and the division of your property. A living will, however, is written to cater for circumstances in which you are still alive but are unable to manage your own decision-making. Here at Irwin, Kilcullen & Co Solicitors, we specialize in probate and wills, and we can help you to ensure that your wishes are respected at every stage. If you require care or treatment as you age, or if…

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Will My Will Be Legally Binding?

By acelegal December 16, 2016

A will should be the means by which an individual expresses their wishes for their property and assets after their death, and if drafted correctly, it should be legally binding. However, there have been recent challenges to the legality of wills which have disinherited children in favour of leaving all property and assets to charities, and in some instances, these have been seen to provide grounds for the will being overturned. Here at Irwin, Kilcullen & Co Solicitors, we specialize in wills and probate, and we can help you to make sure that your will is not written in a…

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What Happens If I Don’t Have A Will?

By acelegal November 18, 2016

Making a will is something many of us do not consider essential while we are busy enjoying our lives, but it is of vital importance if you have children or you own property, and you should ensure that you have taken proper legal advice to avoid causing problems for your family in the event of your death. If an individual dies without making a will, the rules of intestacy will apply. This means that you and your family will not be in control of how your property is distributed, or who takes care of your children, since your wishes are…

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