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  • Writer's pictureYaacov Epstein, Adv.

๐Ÿ” ๐ƒ๐จโ€™๐ฌ & ๐ƒ๐จ๐งโ€™๐ญ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐–๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ง ๐ˆ๐ฌ๐ซ๐š๐ž๐ฅ๐ข ๐–๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ





โ€œOnly a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.โ€

โ€• Otto von Bismarck


Typically itโ€™s wise to learn from your own mistakes as well, but when it comes to ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ you can ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜บ learn from those of othersโ€ฆ



I explained in previous posts what happens to parents who didnโ€™t write a will for their orphaned minorsโ€“the Court is left to appoint a legal guardian ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜บ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฑ๐˜ถ๐˜ตโ€“and then shared the main steps necessary for you to help provide the best guardian for your child via the will.


In this post I want to present ๐Ÿฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐——๐—ผโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐——๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—œ๐˜€๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น, culled from the mistakes that have been brought to me to deal with. It would be a big โ€˜Chavalโ€™, as they say in Israel, for other people to have to go through the same aggravation & financial loss, so please make sure that your will is:


  1. ๐’๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž & ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐โ€“you want your will to be understood properly, so donโ€™t confuse or leave any room for different interpretations.

  2. ๐–๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐‡๐ž๐›๐ซ๐ž๐ฐโ€“if you donโ€™t understand the language well, you should have the will read and translated to you by a Hebrew-fluent lawyer in front of two witnesses. Otherwise, your heirs may need to pay to have it translated, and that can also lead to disputes regarding the exact interpretations of the will.

  3. ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ ๐ˆ๐ƒ ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐ข๐ซ๐ฌโ€“ideally an Israeli ID Number (โ€˜Teudat Zehutโ€™) should be used. When that is not available, I always discuss with my clients the best form of ID for them to use based on their country of citizenship.

  4. ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐”๐’ ๐’๐จ๐œ๐ข๐š๐ฅ ๐’๐ž๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž. Why?

    1. A SSN is not considered a valid ID in Israel, especially regarding Real Estate.

    2. In general, wills in Israel are probated by the Will Registrar and your will essentially becomes public knowledgeโ€“anyone can view and download it for only 5.5 Shekels! Surely, you and your heirs donโ€™t want their SSN out there on the webโ€ฆ

  5. ๐ƒ๐จ๐ž๐ฌ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐๐ž ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฌโ€“following from the same reason as above, personal matters should be written in a ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ paper that will be stored together with your will; this way it will not become available to the public (nor will it be binding) since itโ€™s not part of the actual will itself. And last but not least:

  6. ๐’๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ! This goes both for the passports of the testatorโ€“from the time s/he owned their first piece of property in Israel, or even just opened an Israeli bank accountโ€“and for those of the heirs, in order to prove identity if the passports get renewed by the time that the will is probated.


Write your will properly the first time by learning from the mistakes of others.



Any topic youโ€™d like me to address? Just let me know! y@epsteinlaw.co.il


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