Will is a legal document, a clear description of your decision on how you want your movable and immovable property to be disposed after your death.
Your Will is an expression of your desire, wish, affection and gratitude for people who have touched your life, for those who are your legal heirs or may be others who despite not being a part of your family have influenced you or cared for you or for Charities to whom you wish to donate. Your Will can also spell out your funeral wishes (instructions about burial and cremation), guardianship of minor children, provisions for faithful servants or care providers, etc.
Your documented Will is therefore not only your desire or a wish but a legal testament of the manner in which your property would be disposed to the beneficiaries who may or not be your legal heirs.
Preparing a Will thus helps in distributing property after death. Else if a person dies intestate (which means ‘without making a Will’) his property or legacy may become a source of conflict, dispute or unnecessary litigation between people claiming a right on same.
You can make changes to your Will anytime during your lifetime. You can even revoke it if required.
Primarily, your Will should include your Name and place of residence, a description of all your assets and properties, Names of your relatives and any other beneficiaries to the Will and Names of the Executors of the Will. It is advisable to consult a legal expert who would ensure that your Will is legally valid and inclusive of all essentials to fulfill your final wishes.
- Why make a Will?
- The Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007
- Judgments – Section 125 CrPC – Maintenance of Parents