Notes on Wills, Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and Advance Medical Directive (AMD).
Ganesh S Ramanathan (Advocate & Solicitor)
There is much to be written with regard to:
- the do’s and don’ts of making a Will;
- what happens when a Will is made, who will take the responsibility to handle the property / asset after the death of the person and how it will be done;
- what happens if no Will has been made, and how the property / asset will be administered and distributed and in what proportion;
- what property / asset to include and what not to include in a Will;
- what happens to property / asset which are not disposed off in the Will but which are in the name or possession of the deceased person;
- minors (persons below the age of 21) who are beneficiaries under a Will or the Intestate Succession Act, and how their share will be handled;
- the duties and responsibilities of the Executor / Trustee of the Will or Administrator of the Estate;
- and many more related matters.
My intention is to provide you with a general idea of what making a Will, a LPA or AMD (collectively referred to as “documents”) is about and what are some of the consequences of making one or more of these documents or not making one. After reading my articles, if you have a clear idea, you may make an informed decision whether to make any one or more of these documents and to engage my services to assist you. If you still have doubts, you may wish to call me for a consultation first to help you to understand better.
I will publish the articles within the next the next few days.
The write-up does not include the administration of the estate of a deceased Muslim person, whether with a Will or not. The estate of a deceased Muslim person will be distributed in accordance with the Administration of Muslim Law Act and other Islamic laws and principles.