Wills — a morbid yet necessary document
Legal Articles – Solicitors
People could be mistaken for thinking that solicitors spend all of their time delivering stirring speeches in courtrooms up and down the country, but this is not an accurate view. It is rather like imagining that a professional footballer doesn’t spend most of their time practising in the rain.
The complexity of the legal system that has built up in the UK over centuries requires solicitors. This is because most people simply do not have the time to wade into the legislation, case histories and other legal documentation to learn about the law. The case law system in England and Wales also means that the law is always undergoing the process of evolution as judges continue to interpret the law and set precedents.
One area where solicitors provide a great use to people is in the area of contracts and other forms of legal documentation. Solicitors are trained in how to compose these fiddly documents, and to do so in such a way as to ensure that all the legal bases are covered and that no disputes should arise later on down the line. Arguably the most important form of legal document with regards to the day to day functioning of our country is the contract.
Many people employ the services of solicitors in order to compose contracts for them. A contract is the physical embodiment of an agreement between two or more parties that is considered to e legally enforceable. A contract sets out to bind the participating parties together in a relationship whereby they have mutual obligations and rights. This contract cannot simply be walked away from by either party, except in very special and clearly defined circumstances, without damages being paid to the affected party. A solicitor will be able to compose these documents so that they are fair and beneficial to each participating party, ensuring that there is both mutual consent and the exchange of things of value (such as money for a service provided).
The legal document that is also considered very important is the Will. Solicitors are employed in order to help people draft this document because the implications if it is not done properly can be very serious indeed. A Will is a document containing the formal declaration of who an individual would like to manage their estate when they die, and how they would like that estate to be distributed amongst the remaining family members or friends. Wills most fulfil a number of requirements and be written in a certain way to be valid. If a will is shown to be invalid it can open the door to damaging disputes over property and entitlements.
Solicitors can provide an excellent reservoir of knowledge and experience when it comes to making sure that legal documents serve the process they are intended to, and do not place any individuals on the wrong side of the law.
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