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The Wisdom in having a Solicitor Draft Your Will

Time and time again the courts are left to unravel the tangled web of probate disputes and problems arising from the lack of clarity by a testator. Many of these disputes could have been avoided had a solicitor drafted the will. Solicitors are trained to elucidate the intentions of a testator, and to avoid the traps and pitfalls of loose language and the possible differing legal definitions of words.

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Explained: Intestate Succession- when a person dies without a will

When a person dies without having made a valid will (dies intestate), the Succession Act 1965 sets out who shall inherit their estate and in what shares. These rules are not flexible, and may not be the most prudent or the most tax-efficient way to provide for a family, which is why it is preferable to make a will and leave instructions as to how your estate will be distributed.

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Gategate: Is the Damage to the Gates of the Russian Embassy in Dublin a violation of Article 22 of the Vienna Convention?

Amid reports of a protestor driving a truck through the closed gates of the Russian Embassy in Dublin, the Embassy has released a statement alleging that the action is in violation of Article 22 of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. I question whether this is indeed a breach of the convention, or are the alleged actions of the protester simply criminal damage.

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Explained: A Grant of Probate

When a person dies questions arise as to who is entitled to inherit, who may access bank accounts, and who is the correct person to look after the affairs of the deceased person. Probate is the legal process to gain authority gather in and distribute the assets of a deceased person. The language used in probate is quite technical and may be unfamiliar, so I have created a glossary of some of the terms used. I hope it is of some help.

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Explained: Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 is a law intended to offer assistance to people who need additional support in making decisions in relation to their own affairs. The act is applicable to people with particular disabilities, mental health difficulties, illness or other challenges where his or her capacity to make a decision is in question.  It applies to current wards of court who will be discharged from their wardship, and if they are found to still have capacity issues will be offered support most appropriate to their needs.

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