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Specify executor for your Will, and guardian for minor children, if any
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A Will is a legal declaration by a person of his/her intention and desire of how his/her asset is to be dealt with or disposed of after the person's death. A Will can be changed at any time or withdrawn during the lifetime of the person making the Will (even if it is registered).
In the absence of a Will, your asset may go to someone who you did not expect or want it to go to.
If you have minor children, then under a Will you can appoint a Guardian who will take care of your children in the event of your (and your spouse's) death. If you (and your spouse) die without a will, then the court appoints a Guardian, who you may not have wanted.
Under a Will, you can decide who will be the Executor or the person who will oversee the disposal of your assets after your death. In the absence of a Will, the court appoints an Administrator, who you may not have wanted. You can name Alternate Beneficiaries in your Will in the event the main Beneficiary also dies with or before you.
Having a proper Will may avoid disputes between persons who claim a right to your asset.
It is possible to give your share of the coparcenary asset through a Will, which would otherwise go to the other members of the coparcenary, including your children.
You should be at least 18 years of age and of sound mind in order to prepare a Will. The Will itself must have directions (without you being forced to give these) for disposal of your asset upon your death. The Will must be signed by you in the presence of at least two witnesses who must also sign as witnesses. (There are certain exceptions for certain religions.)
A Will can be revoked, changed or altered by the testator at any time when he is competent (essentially of sound mind) to make a Will. A person can revoke, change or alter his Will by executing a new Will, revoking the earlier Will, registering the new Will (if the old Will is registered), destroying the old original Will or by making a Codicil. On the marriage of an Indian Christian or Parsi testator, his/her Will stands revoked. This does not apply to Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs.
No, it does not. A will on plain paper is valid, as long as it is signed by the testator, and the 2 attesting witnesses.
No, it is not necessary to register a will. A will signed by you in the presence of at least two witnesses who must also sign as witnesses makes it a valid will.
If the registration of a Will is done, following benefits can arise:-
Registration of a will is not compulsory in India. However, registration implies that the person writing the will and the witnesses have appeared before the registering officers who have verified their identity and attested the same. There is no prescribed format. It must communicate the intention of the person. It can be in any language and can be either hand-written or typed. There is no stamp duty to be paid on a will. To be a valid document, the will must be signed and witnessed by at least two witnesses. The will should be registered in the office of the sub-registrar of the district in which the testator resides. For contact details of Sub-Registrar details in your city, click here
The will should be registered in the office of the sub-registrar of the district in which the testator resides. For Registration, the person writing the will and the 2 witnesses have to appear before the registering officers, who will verify their identity and attest the same.
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No, you can draft your own will, as long as your asset ownership and distribution is simple. Consider using a lawyer if:
Generally, a lawyer will take approximately 2 weeks to draft your will. This is after you provide him/her with the full details of your assets, and their distribution. This timeframe includes one revision in the will.
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