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Blended Families and Wills: Navigating Complex Family Structures

Blended Families and Wills: Navigating Complex Family Structures

Blended Families and Wills: Navigating Complex Family Structures Navigating the intricacies of estate planning can be challenging for anyone, but it can be particularly complex for blended families. Blended families, comprising spouses with children from previous...
The Importance of Professional Will Storage

The Importance of Professional Will Storage

The Importance of Professional Will Storage Wills are rather interesting documents because they’re the kind that you realistically can only have one of, foreign wills aside. A lot of documents these days we are used to having certified copies that can be provided as...
What is an Executor?

What is an Executor?

What is an Executor? If you have been appointed as an executor in someone’s will, it means that you have been entrusted with the important responsibility of managing the deceased person’s estate and carrying out their wishes as outlined in the will. As an...
Did you know this can affect your Will?

Did you know this can affect your Will?

Did you know this can affect your Will? 2023 could be the year of change for you, whether it be a new home, new job, marriage, divorce, or a new member of the family. Whatever it might be, are you aware of some of the different ways in which your Will could be...
What is an Advance Directive?

What is an Advance Directive?

What is an Advance Directive? The BBC drama series The Split has recently mentioned the use of an advance directive in the case of an individual with motor neurone disease. An advance directive, also sometimes referred to as a living Will or an advance decision, sets...
Dealing With a Charity Legacy

Dealing With a Charity Legacy

Dealing With a Charity Legacy How to deal with a charity legacy as a personal representative. If you are named as an executor to the estate of someone who has died and they have left a gift to charity, there is a particular process you should follow in dealing with...
Companionship Agreements

Companionship Agreements

Companionship Agreements     If you are thinking of living with a friend, then you should also consider making a companionship agreement to avoid difficulties in the future. For many older people, living with a companion is a natural choice. They may have...
Wills and Undue Influence Explained

Wills and Undue Influence Explained

Wills and Undue Influence Explained When you write your Will, you can leave your estate to your choice of beneficiaries, however if someone is persuaded or pressured into leaving their money to a certain individual, a Will could be challenged in the courts. There are...
Unexpected Reasons Your Will Could be Invalid

Unexpected Reasons Your Will Could be Invalid

Unexpected Reasons Your Will Could be Invalid A Will is crucial in ensuring your loved ones will be cared for in the future in the way that you want. However, it is easy to make an error in making or signing and witnessing a Will, meaning it could be invalid. If your...
Inheritances to Double But Only One in Three  Will Benefit

Inheritances to Double But Only One in Three Will Benefit

Inheritances to Double But Only One in Three Will Benefit A study carried out by the think tank Resolution Foundation has found that only 32% of those looked at have benefited or expect to benefit from an inheritance or gift in their lifetime. The report, commissioned...
Wills and Undue Influence Explained

How Do I Find a Lost Will?

How Do I Find a Lost Will? A Will is crucial in making sure that an estate passes to the right people after someone dies. But sometimes it can be hard to locate a Will. We take a look at what to do when a Will can’t easily be found.After a death, those who believe...
What Happens if Your Will is Out of Date?

What Happens if Your Will is Out of Date?

What Happens if Your Will is Out of Date? Half of Wills in the UK are out of date! Research done on behalf of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) has found that almost half of UK adults who have a Will have not updated it for more than five years.SFE is a national...
Is a Will a Private Document?

Is a Will a Private Document?

Is a Will a Private Document? When you write your Will, you may be wondering whether it will remain a private document or whether it is ever likely to become public knowledge. We take a look at the issues surrounding publication of Wills. After the death of Prince...
Wills and Undue Influence Explained

Making a Statutory Will for Someone Else

Making a Statutory Will for Someone Else ​If someone has lost the capacity to deal with their own affairs, in certain circumstances it is possible to apply to the Court of Protection so that a statutory Will can be made on their behalf. When an individual has not made...
What happens if a Beneficiary is Bankrupt?

What happens if a Beneficiary is Bankrupt?

What happens if a Beneficiary is Bankrupt? If you are dealing with the estate of someone who has died, you need to check whether any of the beneficiaries have been declared bankrupt. If you mistakenly distribute part of the estate to a bankrupt beneficiary, the...
Personal Risks in Being an Executor

Personal Risks in Being an Executor

Personal Risks in Being an Executor The executor to an estate has the job of winding up someone’s affairs after their death. It is a job that involves both responsibility and personal financial risk. After someone has died, their executor, named in their Will, has the...
What is an Executor?

What to do if an Executor is not taking steps to administer an estate

What to do if an Executor is not taking steps to administer an estate After a death, the estate’s executor or administrator has the job of winding up the deceased’s affairs. We take a look at what happens if they fail to carry out their role. The task of administering...
Wills and Undue Influence Explained

What shouldn’t you include in your Will?

What shouldn’t you include in your Will? A Will is a really useful document when it comes to disposing of your estate after your death.  It is the only way to guarantee that those you would wish to benefit from your estate actually do.  You can set out instructions...
Appointment of Testamentary Guardians

Appointment of Testamentary Guardians

Appointment of Testamentary Guardians If you have a young family, making a Will is especially important as it enables you to not only make provision for your family financially, but also to appoint Guardians for your children.  The appointment of guardians and the...
What is a Letter of Wishes?

What is a Letter of Wishes?

What is a Letter of Wishes? What is a letter of wishes and how is it different to a Will? A Letter of Wishes is a document that accompanies your Will. It is not legally binding but can guide your Executors and Trustees to ensure your personal wishes are carried out....
How to Pick The Best Will Writing Company

How to Pick The Best Will Writing Company

How to Pick The Best Will Writing Company With so many Will Writing Options out there it can be hard to choose who to trust when creating such an important legal document. Read on to see which points you should consider.   Qualifications: First and foremost, you...
What Do I Need to Include When Writing a Will?

What Do I Need to Include When Writing a Will?

What Do I Need to Include When Writing a Will? While none of us wants to think of a time when we are no longer here, it pays to put some time aside to write a Will sooner rather than later. The main reason for this is so you can be sure you’re your estate will go to...