“Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR)

“Do Not Resuscitate” (DNR) is a term that refers to a person’s choice not to be resuscitated if their heart stops or they stop breathing. It is most commonly arises in a medical setting and is often included in advance directives or other medical documents. A properly made DNR order can help ensure that a […]

Understanding Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) OR Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) Orders through Real-Life Instances

In the context of healthcare decisions and advanced healthcare planning, the topic of DNR’s is obviously one of if not the most important decision. What is a DNR Order? A DNR order, preference,instruction or wish refers to an individuals predetermined choice to decline or refuse cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), in the absence of which the most […]

A practical guide to crafting your funeral wishes

A “Letter of Wishes” is a document which sets out your preferences regarding your funeral and other arrangements, following your death. There is no specific required format or template and it can be written or typed but should be signed and dated. When preparing Wills we would encourage all of our clients to draft a […]

What are Trusts?

Trusts are legal arrangements where one party, the settlor, transfers assets to another party, the trustee, to hold and manage for the benefit of a third party, the beneficiary. These arrangements can be tailored for various purposes, from wealth preservation to tax planning. For more information, read Trusts: An Overview. We encourage you to consult directly […]

Judge cautions against relying on ‘extremely unsafe’ home-made will.

Judge cautions against relying on ‘extremely unsafe’ will templates downloaded from web. The above article by Eleanor Reardon in The Irish Times deals with judgement given by Ms. Justice Siobhán Stack relating to the interpretation of a will. I would wholeheartedly concur with Judge Stack’s advice to members of the public which would be […]

Understanding the Succession Act 1965 and Your Inheritance Rights

An intestacy situation arises where a deceased person has not made a will or where they’ve made a will and for whatever reason, it’s proved to be invalid. So those circumstances, the Succession Act 1965, and the rules of the Superior Court set out who is entitled to what and persons who are entitled to […]

Inheritance Tax

Inheritance tax is a tax paid by a person who inherits money or property from a person who has died. In Ireland, it’s a type of Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT) as opposed to the UK, where the estate of the deceased is liable for the tax. An estate tax is a levy on an estate, […]


An executor is the person named in a will, as nominated by the testator, who will carry out the instructions of the will. The executor is responsible for distributing assets of the deceased’s estate as soon as possible. These assets must be preserved and given to the entitled beneficiary as instructed by the will. Not […]

Discretionary Trust

A discretionary trust is a legal document, which if correctly drafted, creates a legal relationship between the “settlor”, the person setting up the trust, the “Trustees”, the individuals selected to manage the trust, and the “beneficiaries”, the persons for whose benefit the trust was created. The Trust deed and/or a “letter of wishes” will set […]