Deceased Estate Law

  • aging parents no adoption web

    The short answer is no

    A week or two ago, The Legal Advice Office got the following query:

     “Can you please assist with advice in this regard?

    I have been raised as the only child by parents, who are not my biological parents. Although I regard them as my true parents, I was never formally adopted by them. They are both in ill-health and I don’t think they have a will. They don’t have much, but I am concerned that if they die, I will lose the possessions that they do have. Will I be able to inherit from them when they pass away even if I was never formally adopted?”

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  • wills

    On Friday, we looked at the basic requirements of Wills.

    Today; we will look at some of the content of a will.

    Anybody can draft a will. It need not be an attorney or lawyer; but only attorneys may advertise the fact that they draft wills draft people, as per the provisions of the Attorneys Act.

    The full names and identity of the testator or testatrix must appear in the will and they must sign same in full as we sated in our last blog. Use your Id number and your address to properly identify yourself.

  • testament

    Today; we intend to look at the subject of a Will.

    There are only two definite aspects to our lives; one is taxes, and the other is death, or so the adage goes.

    Death awaits all of us and is inevitable.

    On a lighter note; Elbert Hubberd said “Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive!”

    Your will is probably the most important document you will ever sign in your lifetime.

  • Death, like taxes, they say, is inevitable (for all of us.)
    When it does happen we hope we go to Heaven; but what happens down here on Earth in our absence.

    Besides the fact that we will be missed; the family and friends we had during our lifetime have to carry on without us.

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