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Protecting myself when making my Will

If you decide to make a new Will, revoke an existing Will or update/change your Will, it is important that you keep your financial safety in mind. This can be a time in which you may become vulnerable to financial exploitation or abuse. The most common form that this kind of financial abuse can take is when somebody places undue influence upon you. Undue influence is abusive and it occurs when somebody puts pressure upon you to make a change to your Will or to create a new Will. There are safeguards built into the procedures for creating or amending a Will that are designed to prevent this type of abuse.

At the time of creating your Will you must have the capacity to understand the implications of your decisions. If you have been assessed by your doctor or your solicitor as not having decision-making capacity, then you should not be allowed to make a new Will or amend your existing one.

University College Dublin (UCD)National Centre for the Protection of Older People (NCPOP)Health Services Executive (HSE)Older People's Empowerment Network (OPEN)
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