This range of New Zealand Wills provide for various situations (number of children, spouse) and a document check list.
There are many good reasons for making a will. A will records who you (the "testator") wish to benefit from your estate (that is, your assets). You can provide for people - such as friends - who would not be entitled to anything from your estate if you died without a will. If you die without a will (called dying "intestate"), the law dictates who will receive your assets after you die.
What should go in the will?
The most important things to provide for in your will are who will be your executors, and who will be the beneficiaries of your assets. You should also consider how you would like your property to be distributed should your spouse or partner die at the same time as you.
Aside from these matters, wills commonly provide for such things as:
A signed statement of instructions to provide only palliative care and not to prolong life in the event of an irrecoverable medical situation where there is no future likelihood of rational existence. Complies with relevant New Zealand legislation.
Essential document to fill out and leave with your New Zealand will. Helps pervent in investigations and legal fees if you should die unexpectedly.
Letter to proposed executor of your will, asking whether he will accept the office on your death. Provides additional basic information he might require now. Complies with relevant New Zealand legislation.
A Will that provides for specific gifts (if any) then leaves the balance to be divided between named beneficiaries such as nieces and nephews or charities. Complies with relevant New Zealand legislation.
A Will that allows for specific gifts (if any) then leaves the balance to the Will maker's children. If any child has died, then that child's share goes to their children, if any. Complies with relevant New Zealand legislation.
A Will that allows for specific gifts (if any) and then leaves the balance to the Will maker's spouse or partner. If that person has died, then the balance of the estate is divided equally amongst the Will maker's children. Complies with relevant New Zealand legislation.
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