Category Archives: WILLS & SUCCESSION PLANNING

tips for making your will

Caring and thoughtful tips for making your will

The Covid 19 pandemic has given many of us cause to reflect on our mortality. As part of this reflection, we would encourage everyone (over the age of 18) to consider making a Will. Ambiguity, uncertainty and mixed messages are the principal causes of the majority of probate disputes. These can be avoided with a […]

Setting up a Discretionary Trust for a child with special needs

A trust is a legal device created to deal with the management of the property on behalf of another person. In Ireland, Discretionary Trusts are most commonly used as part of estate planning due to the flexibility they provide. This is particularly valuable for parents of children with disabilities or special needs who may not […]

Voluntary Transfer of a Site from Parent to Child

Transfer of a Site

We most commonly see the transfer of a site from a parent to a child, in a rural context. Typically, this is done “voluntarily” .i.e. no money or consideration is paid by the child to the parent. The site is transferred in return for “natural love and affection” the child bears for the parent. While, […]

Advanced Healthcare Directive aka Living Will

A written statement about the type and extent of medical or surgical treatment you want in the future, on the assumption that you will not be able to make that decision at the relevant time. The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 provides a legal framework for Advanced Healthcare Directives in Ireland, but has not yet […]

outcomes when a deceased owned / held assets in a country other than Ireland

Possible outcomes when a deceased owned / held assets in a country other than Ireland.

As is the answer to many legal questions, that depends! It depends on the type and the extent (amount) of property/assets they owned. As a rule of thumb, the greater the value/amount of assets owned, the higher the likelihood of the need to extract a foreign Grant. In order to have these assets released to […]

The Intestate Succession Act

The Intestate Succession Act

In circumstances where someone dies without having made a Will or has made an invalid Will, that person will be deemed to have died “intestate” and the Succession Act 1965 will kick in and it sets out the following; 1. Who is entitled to distribute your estate (assets); 2. Who gets what; Who can Extract […]