Last Will and Testament
What is a Will?
What are the advantages of having a Will?
What happens if I die without a Will?
Is the Will by WillsMalaysia.my legal?
Do I need to engage a lawyer to write my Will?
What is required to make a Will?
How much does it cost to make a will?
Where should I keep my will?
What will happen if my original will cannot be located?
When should I update my Will?
What is the Grant of Probate (GP)?
What is a Letter of Administration (LA)?
In what situation do we apply for a GP or LA?
Who are involved in a Will?
What does an Executor do?
Who qualifies to be an executor or trustee?
What is the role of a Trustee?
Can I appoint the same person as the Executor and Trustee?
Can any of my beneficiary(s) be a witness to my Will?
Can my Executor witness my Will?
Do I have to list all of my assets in my Will?
What are the inclusions in a Will?
What are the exclusions in a Will?
Power of Attorney (PoA)
What is a Power of Attorney?
Types of Power of Attorney
Choosing your Attorney
What is the cost of this service?
Is it a legal document?
How long can I continue to make updates?
How long will the process take to draw up my Power of Attorney?
What is a "KeyCard® holder"?
What can I unlock?
Am I a KeyCard® holder?
How many KeyCard® holders are there?
What should I do if I have lost or misplaced my KeyCard® holder ID?
Is my information secure?
Can my information get destroyed or lost?
Does it matter where I live?
How can I document my own wishes?
Where can I get more information?
A Will or Last Will and Testament is a legal document which contains a person’s intentions as to how they wish to distribute their assets after they passed on.
The legal definition of a Will is covered in Section 2 of the Wills Act 1959:
“…a declaration intended to have legal effect of the intentions of a testator with respect to his property or other matters which he desires to be carried into effect after his death and includes a testament, a codicil and an appointment by will or by writing in the nature of a will in exercise of a power and also a disposition by will or testament of the guardianship, custody and tuition of any child.”
Having a Will enables you to:
Without a valid Will, the law decides on the distribution of your assets. The law can also decide who your beneficiaries will be. Your loved ones could become involved in complex legal battle if you do not explicitly specify your wishes in a Will.
If you die without a Will:
Your estate will be distributed according to the Distribution Act 1958 (as amended in 1997) and the High Court decides over the administration.
The law does not provide for persons such as partners, step children, illegitimate children, relatives or basically anyone out of the family norm whom you could otherwise specifically include in a Will.
There may be costly legal fees and delays in administration when applying for a Letter of Administration.
The legal process could take years and your assets could shrink in value.
Not to mention your family members and/or dependents could face financial difficulties on top of a period of grief.
A lawyer is not required to write a Will, however using a system that was built in consultation with expert legal knowledge on Wills certainly helps.
Wills in WillsMalaysia.my have been carefully created by a team of experienced lawyers with specialised knowledge on Wills and Probate. So you can be sure the product meets all legal requirements as per the Will Act 1959.
No, a lawyer is not required for you to write your Will.
To make a Will valid you must be:
The average cost of writing a Will using the services of a lawyer is around RM 800; hence at WillsMalaysia.my we make it affordable at a fraction of that cost. Check out our Products & Pricing page to learn more.
You should keep your original Will in a safe place which your executor should be aware, and have access to it. Using our FREE MyDigiSafe service, you can store a scanned copy of your Will.
We encourage members not to keep their Will in a bank’s safe deposit box. Remember when you die, all your bank accounts will be frozen, including your safe deposit box. This just makes it harder for your loved ones to locate or execute your Will.
At WillsMalaysia, we offer Will Custodial service where our lawyers will safely store your Will for you.
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The original Will is required before allowing a Grant of Probate.
However, a copy of your Will may be accepted if it can be proven that the original Will was lost or destroyed. And if you can proof there was no intention to revoke the Will. Using our FREE MyDigiSafe service, you can store a scanned copy of your Will.
Ideally, you should review your Will every year. The best period to review your Will would be on your birthday. Of course, no one likes to review their Will on their birthday but what better time to look back on the last year on any major change in your life, eg:
The Grant of Probate is a document an executor need to obtain in order to give them authority to administer the deceased’s estate.
An LA is a right given by the Court for the administration of an estate of a person who died without leaving a Will.
When someone dies and leaves behind a valid Will, a GP will be sought. If the person dies without a Will, an application for an LA must be made.
The parties involved in a Will are:
The executor's job is central to the estate settlement process – from arranging the funeral, to paying bills, to distributing estate assets. After someone dies, the executor makes sure that the wishes stated in the deceased person's will are fulfilled.
You may appoint any adult (18 years or older) to act as your executor and trustee; you may also appoint up to four executors to jointly administer your estate. You may also name alternate executors.
When your executor takes charge of your assets, he/she will also take the role of a trustee holding your assets on trust for your beneficiaries until the assets are fully distributed. Your trustee will be subject to the responsibilities imposed by the Trustee Act 1949.
A beneficiary will not be eligible to receive any benefit from the estate if he/she or his/her spouse signs as a witness to the Will.
Section 11 of the Wills Act 1959 allows an Executor to be a witness of the Will.
We highly recommend doing so.
Ideally, your Will should include all your assets:
INSURANCE & EPF
Insurance policies in Malaysia and EPF (KWSP) are governed under separate Acts of the Law.
With regards to insurance policies, Financial Services Act 2013 (which was previously governed by the Insurance Act 1996) refers.
As for EPF, the Employees Provident Fund Regulations 2001 Act, refers.
MyLastWill product from WillsMalaysia does not cover Insurance Policy or EPF however all details of your Insurance Policies and EPF can be captured in our MyLegacy product.
A Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows you to grant the authority to someone to act on your behalf. People grant Power of Attorney for various reasons.
But the most important type of Power of Attorney is granting someone the authority to act on your behalf when you become incapacitated or mentally unstable. This is not a topic that people like to talk about but it is a very important one.
MyPoA wizard by WillsMalaysia creates a Power of Attorney that takes effect if you become mentally unstable or incapacitated. It creates an Enduring General Power of Attorney that covers your financial, real estate, business affairs and/or your health care directives. You may assign one individual for all of these needs or different individuals for different needs. However, if you wish for the Power of Attorney to be effective immediately (while you are in good health and sound mind), the wizard is able to do this as well.
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The Power of Attorney is general but gives significant power to the individual you select as your Attorney. Depending on the power you grant, your Attorney will be able to do the tasks you would normally do provided you are healthy, able and of sound mind. Let’s take a quick look at the three types of Power of Attorney MyPoA wizard creates.
Power of Attorney over your financial interest – this Power of Attorney grants the Attorney the power to manage all of your personal financial affairs including, but not limited to:
Power of Attorney over your business interest – this Power of Attorney grants the Attorney the power to manage all of your business affairs including, but not limited to:
Power of Attorney over your healthcare interest – this Power of Attorney grants the Attorney the power to manage all of your health affairs including, but not limited to:
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The Attorney that you choose will be able to administer all of your financial, business, property and healthcare interests, and this will be their responsibility as long as the Power of Attorney is in effect, usually for many years to come.
The person that you select must be someone that you completely trust, competent in managing your affairs, is likely to remain alive for the duration of the Power of Attorney, and is willing to serve as your Attorney. It can be a friend, your spouse, your adult child or other family member.
Once it is signed and attested by a lawyer, the Power of Attorney has to be registered in Court. It comes into effect immediately when you have been declared by a medical professional that you are incapable of making decisions for yourself.
But if you wish for the Power of Attorney to be effective immediately, while you are in good health and sound mind, the Power of Attorney will be created accordingly.
Just bear in mind your Attorney will be able to do anything you will be able to should you be in sound mind and health. So it is important your choice of Attorney is someone you trust and has your best interest in mind. Most people would nominate their spouse or older children as the responsibility commands maturity and compassion.
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The MyPoA™ service takes you through a series of simple questions using a wizard, formats your answers into easily readable format, and allows you to make unlimited updates until you finalize your Power of Attorney; while allowing you to store your information securely online.
A Power of Attorney is typically prepared by a lawyer and can cost you anywhere between RM800 to RM3000. Here at WillsMalaysia you can create a Power of Attorney at a fraction of the cost. We made it easy for you by removing all the legal jargons and by answering some simple questions, you too can create your Power of Attorney in under 20 minutes.
The complete pricing structure is available on our Products & Pricing page.
It is in accordance to the current Laws of Malaysia and in full compliance with the Power of Attorney Act 1949. However, in order to be a legal document your Power of Attorney document must be signed (attestation) in the presence of a lawyer. A Lawyer has the legal standing to administer oaths and officiate over the signing process.
In other words, they are an independent person who will determine that all parties signed on their own free will, and that they are all who they say they are.
Upon attestation, the document has to be stamped by Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri and registered in the Malaysian Courts system. Our panel of lawyers will complete this process for you. You will need to pay the required regulatory and attestation fees separately. The final stamped and registered copy will be sent to you for your safekeeping. We suggest you take a scanned copy of the document and upload it to your DigiSafe, a complimentary service provided by WillsMalaysia.
Although the unsigned version of your Power of Attorney stored online at WillsMalaysia.my is not a legal document, if you wish, you may allow one or more of your designated KeyCard® holder to have access to the Power of Attorney that you have created at WillsMalaysia.my. This could be important if your legally signed copy cannot be located. In this situation, your WillsMalaysia.my Power of Attorney may still provide some guidance to a loving family, as they may understand how you would want your legal, financial and/or business matters to be handled.
You can choose to have a 1-year, 5-year, 10-year, 20-year or Life membership at WillsMalaysia.my, during which time you may make as many updates or amendments to your Power of Attorney as you wish -- at no extra charge. However if your Power of Attorney was registered in the Courts, the old Power of Attorney must be revoked and the new one re-attested by our lawyer. You will need to pay the required regulatory and attestation fees. Details of the membership packages may be found on our Products & Prices page.
The series of questions using the MyPoA wizard can be completed in less than twenty minutes. The wizard can create three types of Power of Attorney documents: Business, Financial and Healthcare matters. So, we recommend you take some time to read and think about it so as to ensure the Power of Attorney is not simply created, but you understand exactly what it means and the steps involved to make it a valid legal document.
WillsMalaysia members can choose any number of KeyCard® holders and the member can designate specific sections for access to specific KeyCard® holders. After this, the holders have the power to unlock the Will or other services after the member’s passing. Each KeyCard® holder has access to chosen sections of the document like MyLastWish, Power of Attorney, or Last Will and Testament, as directed by the WillsMalaysia member. WillsMalaysia.my is completely secure and always ensures the member’s privacy. Only authorized access by the correct KeyCard® holder at the right time, as specified by the member, will be able to view the member’s documents.
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A member at WillsMalaysia has the option of documenting one or more of the following services:
You may not be able to view all the above services. It depends on the member’s preference. The member can grant access to one individual to access all services or several individuals to access different services.
Did you receive an email identifying you as a KeyCard® holder of a named WillsMalaysia member? This email would have described your responsibilities and also assigned you a unique, secure, "KeyCard® holder ID", a combination of an alphanumeric code.
The member could have also contacted you directly and given the code themselves. The member could have also sent you a wallet card.
The member can designate any number of KeyCard® holders for their wishes. We encourage members to designate different individuals for different services.
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Absolutely! Your information stored at WillsMalaysia.my is safe and secure. The information is highly encrypted so that nobody has access to this information, other than yourself and your trusted KeyCard® holder. Even we at WillsMalaysia are not able to access your information due to the highly secured software design and encryption methods used.
Please note however for requests to have a Lawyer Review and Printing service of your Will, we will have to decrypt the document as part of the member's instructions to have these services performed.
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The short answer is NO. Power of Attorney Act 1949 and Wills Act 1959 covers all States in Malaysia. The age requirement to create these documents is 18 and above in all states except for Sabah where it is 21 years.
Services such as MyLastWish™, MyLegacy™, MyDigiSafe™ and MyLastMessage™ do not create legal documents. We have worked extensively with lawyers in Malaysia to ensure that the legal documents created by the MyLastWill™ and MyPoA™ services are up to date with the laws in Malaysia.
If you have any doubts about the legal standing of your Will or Power of Attorney, feel free to seek any legal counsel of your choice. You can take advantage of our experienced group of lawyers, for a fraction of the cost to review your Will.
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