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Making a will-whats better?

Do it yourself or employ a solicitor.
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Old 27.03.2021, 12:05
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Re: Making a will-whats better?

I take my mine to a will-what's doctor.

...anyway.

Under what legal jurisdiction?
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Old 27.03.2021, 13:33
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Re: Making a will-whats better?

Define "better".

Doing it yourself is free and adequate if relatively simple.

Getting it notarised makes sure there are no mistakes, but costs quite a lot.
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Old 27.03.2021, 14:01
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Define "better".

Doing it yourself is free and adequate if relatively simple.

Getting it notarised makes sure there are no mistakes, but costs quite a lot.
Of course not getting it notarised and getting it wrong also costs a lot. But not for you of course.
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I take my mine to a will-what's doctor.

...anyway.

Under what legal jurisdiction?
A question on legal jurisdiction. For expats living here who don't have Swiss citizenship, which country claims jurisdiction? Assume you cast off your mortal coil here in the Confederation. My wife and I are dealing with this now...we have holographic wills at home but wonder it these will not be applicable.

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Of course not getting it notarised and getting it wrong also costs a lot. But not for you of course.
It doesn't "cost" anything to get it wrong, the total balance of money remains the same just in different hands.
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Old 27.03.2021, 14:43
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Re: Making a will-whats better?

When I saw a notary regarding making a will, he said that we could do it under Swiss law, or under UK law. So long as it was clearly stated in the will, it would be honoured legacy wise, but tax wise under Swiss laws.

You can do this so long as you're not Swiss and are not married to someone who is Swiss.
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Old 27.03.2021, 14:45
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It doesn't "cost" anything to get it wrong, the total balance of money remains the same just in different hands.
It costs your descendents in terms of your desire not being properly carried out, or fiscally due to ambiguity leading to court action.
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A question on legal jurisdiction. For expats living here who don't have Swiss citizenship, which country claims jurisdiction? Assume you cast off your mortal coil here in the Confederation. My wife and I are dealing with this now...we have holographic wills at home but wonder it these will not be applicable.

-Dr. M.
I believe your will can be anywhere where someone would know where to find it. As someone else wrote you can choose/declare under the right conditions to have it under Swiss Law or UK law. This potentially affects how the money is divided. So it might make sense to write a supplementary will here stating you want it done under UK law and stating the location of your UK wills.
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Re: Making a will-whats better?

Close, but no cigar.

If you are a Swiss national resident in Switzerland, Swiss law applies

If you are a Swiss resident and die without a will, Swiss law applies

If you are a non-Swiss resident of Switzerland you can stipulate that you wish the laws of your other nationality to apply. (You cannot designate a third country). BUT one does need to be careful with the wording here, you could be signalling to your government that their inheritance law should apply.
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Re: Making a will-whats better?

If you do it yourself and put it in a drawer, you have to write it by hand.

I was once advised - still didn't bother with it yet - to do it in percentage. This way you only have to do it once - you leave 50% of something to someone, it doesn't matter how much you used up until you die. Thought that was pretty clever.

I met someone once (at grumpy's mouse-trap actually) who said him and his girlfriend each copy their will once a year (by hand). This way it is always up to date (no discussion by any family members) and they also can decide whether they're still good with it all.
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BUT one does need to be careful with the wording here, you could be signalling to your government that their inheritance law should apply.
Erm, isn't that exactly your intention if you say your will is to be interpreted under your home country's laws?
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Erm, isn't that exactly your intention if you say your will is to be interpreted under your home country's laws?
Yes, but I suspect many would actually like neither the Swiss laws nor their home countries laws to apply.

This is probably why using a notaire rather than winging it might be a good idea.
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Old 29.03.2021, 14:16
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Yes, but I suspect many would actually like neither the Swiss laws nor their home countries laws to apply.
I like it. I choose Ruritania as the home of the legal interpretation. Or Narnia.
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I like it. I choose Ruritania as the home of the legal interpretation. Or Narnia.
only if you have a passport from wherever. The arenít stupid.
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