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Why should I make a will?

Posted in [Resources] on Monday, March 15th, 2021

  • Making a will allows you to decide who gets what.
  • A properly prepared will ensures that your assets are allocated the way you intended.   It allows the Executor of your will to distribute your estate according to your wishes.
  • A will significantly reduces the chances of family, friends or business partners squabbling.
  • Without a will the distribution of your assets is determined by the Laws of Intestacy.    Members of your family or friends may not receive what you would have wished.  It may even result in your estate being left in full or in part to the State.


  • The Wills and Probate Department at Cantillons Solicitors are experienced in all aspects of wills and probate.


  • It is vital that your assets, their value and where they are located are recorded at the time you prepare your will.
  • Taking time to complete your Personal Assets Record will ensure that your Executors will be able to find details of all your assets after your death and know where to find bank accounts, shares / saving certificates, deeds, life insurance policies and all other relevant and financial information.
  • You should have all of these details available when making your will so that we can advise you fully on the legal or tax implications that could arise.


  • The drafting of a legally binding will ensures that your estate passes to your chosen beneficiaries.
  • We will explain all aspects associated with making a will, including the role of Executors, Trustees and Guardians.
  • We will advise you on the legal obligations to your spouse and children and provide advice that will minimise the tax exposure to those who benefit from your estate.
  • We provide a caring and efficient service that includes home and hospital visits.


  • You may change or alter your will at any time.   It is good practice to review your will every three to five years.


  • Where a person has not made a will or the will they have made is found to be invalid, that person is said to have died intestate.
  • Where a person dies intestate their property is distributed according to the Laws of Intestacy laid down in the Succession Act 1965. Where some of those who would have inherited have died before the Testator, their children may be entitled to share in the estate.


Spouse and children.

Spouse takes two thirds and children take remainder.

Spouse and no children.

Spouse takes whole Estate.

Children and no spouse.

Children take whole Estate.

Father, mother, brother and sister.

Each parent takes one half.

Parent, brothers and sisters.

Parent takes whole Estate.

Brothers and sisters.

All take in equal shares.

Nephews and nieces.

All take in equal shares.

Brigid O’Donnell



Brigid joined Cantillons in 2018, having previously spent 10 years working in firms in Tipperary and Limerick which specialised in medical negligence, defective product liability and personal injuries actions.

Brigid works as an Associate Solicitor in the General Litigation Department and advises clients in relation to all aspects of civil litigation; to include personal injury claims, workplace accidents, road traffic accidents, public liability claims,  product liability claims, claims against local authorities and claims against the HSE.  She also advises clients in the area of Employment and Defamation Law. She has extensive experience in medical negligence and cases involving defective products.

She has successfully represented clients before the District Court, Circuit Court, High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal and has been involved in a number of high profile personal injuries cases. She is proud to be part of the Litigation Team at Cantillons and is focused, at all times, on achieving the best possible outcome for clients.


  • Joint Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Law and French, University College Cork
  • Masters in Law (Criminal Justice), University College Cork
  • Completed Law Society Professional Practice Courses at Blackhall Place, Dublin
  • Admitted as a Solicitor in Ireland, England and Wales
  • Advanced Diploma in Employment Law, King’s Inns, Dublin
  • Advanced Diploma in Medical Law, King’s Inns, Dublin

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