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Part of my work is dealing with disputes in relation to Wills. The problem can often arise in relation to a homemade Will where the wording used does not have the legal effect that was intended. We all know that small changes to the way something is worded can have a big effect. After all, Lewis Carroll's career as an author really did not take off until he made a slight change to the name of his book Alice in Sunderland.
Three examples of clauses I have come across in homemade Wills that have led to problems are:
William Shakespeare's Will contained another example of a clause that could lead to some ambiguity. He left a gift of his "second best bed" to his wife. I would be interested to know who decided which of his beds was the second best and, also, who he left the better one to!
My point is that homemade Wills might seem like an economy but they can often lead to a great deal of trouble and expense further down the line. Drafting clauses that have the legal effect intended is a specialist skill which solicitors go through several years of training to acquire.
Do not undervalue a document which may be one of the most important you will ever sign. Take proper advice and have your Will drawn professionally.
Further advice please contact Mark Jones on 01423 502211 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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