How should we start writing the will?
During our life, we accumulate not only wealth, but also many personal values, keep passwords and codes in our heads, and collect photos. We meet a lot of people, family relationships deteriorate, lifelong friendships are born, we can help organizations and help us in difficult life situations. If you’ve already decided you want to write a will before you get involved, there are a few things to think about. We can help you!
How much wealth do you have?
Before making a will, it is definitely worth thinking about how much real estate you can dispose of. Your assets include everything you own: real estate, movables: cars, personal belongings and cash, bank account money, securities, property rights: copyrights, company shares, rental rights, usage rights etc. From these you must deduct all your debts, which can be mortgage, loan, overdraft or any contractual overdue payment obligation.
Who played an important role in your life?
Once you have taken care of your family and friends, you may decide to make a donation to a charity close to you. Is there a foundation that has helped you or a loved one? Which issues are important to you?
>By thinking of an organization close to his heart in his/her will, he/she can ensure their work and the good purpose they serve will continue to prevail in the future.
How do you want to distribute your wealth?
You can donate any of your property, be it a specific object, cash or a certain portion of your property.
You can also provide for your business interests in your will: for example, you can leave your shares in the family business to your child, which can also be beneficial for tax purposes.
In addition, you can determine which family member or friend you will leave your personal belongings to.
If you decide you would be happy to support a good cause, you may want to contact the foundation concerned to find out what constitutes real help for them. For many organizations, material donations and real estate are only a burden, they are difficult to utilize.
Have you also thought about your digital devices?
Today, the amount of our digital assets stored online is growing: from our email and Facebook accounts, through our online passwords, to our digital music and pictures.
In your will, you can also pass these on to your family and friends.
Check out our list to help you organize your digital assets.
Click here to download our list.
How to write a will?
The testator may even write a will himself from the beginning to the end, with two witnesses. While regulation may seem simple, the will can very easily be invalid if we accidentally fail to follow some of the special formalities required by law. Would you have thought that a will that was otherwise completely comprehensible could be invalid, either because of an incomplete date, because of the lack of numbering per sheet, or because the witnesses were forgotten to appear on each sheet?
If you do not want to prepare the will alone, we recommend that you contact any notary.
How can you keep your will?
It is not advisable to keep a will at home. The safest way to keep it is to deposit it with any notary public in the National Register of Wills. (This has a one-time, symbolic fee.)
How do you change your will if circumstances change?
Our lives are constantly changing, so we may no longer want to maintain parts of the will we wrote earlier. In this case, we need to amend our will. It is not enough to just pull out the invalid parts and overwrite the new text, these changes will be invalid and after his death the order of legal succession will prevail.
If you want to change your will, there are two ways to do so. He writes an additional will, which refers back to the original will and lists the amendments, or he can make a completely new will, subject to the appropriate legal rules on formality. Keep in mind that if you choose the supplement, both the original and the amended document will be public if a probate hearing takes place. If you do not want anyone to know the contents of the original will before the changes are made, it is recommended that you create a new document.
We promise that …
A will is everyone’s own personal affair that we respect. Therefore, we never ask you to declare your intentions, however we are grateful if you share your decision with us, the reason for your decision and tell us your story.
If you choose to mention SOS Children’s Villages in your will, we promise you the following:
We understand that your family and loved ones are the first for you
We do not want to put any pressure on you and we will respect your decision.
You can change your decision about the legacy to us at any time.
We treat all gifts with respect and appropriate sensitivity, and protect your personal data to the maximum.
We take great care of your gift and use it to give the best possible support to the children living in SOS.