How Do I Find a Lost Will?

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What Happens if Your Will is Out of Date?

What Happens if Your Will is Out of Date?

What Happens if Your Will is Out of Date? Half of Wills in the UK are out of date!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...
How Do I Find a Lost Will?

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 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

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...
How Do I Find a Lost Will?

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...
Making a Will Checklist

Making a Will Checklist

Making a Will Checklist Making A Checklist Does Not Need To Be Complicated On the surface, making a will can seem complicated. Of course, a lot depends on what you have to leave once you pass away. To help gather all the right information together so you can make your...
Is a Will a Private Document?

Reasons Why You Need to Write a Will

Reasons Why You Need to Write a Will Recent research suggests that as many as two-thirds of us in the UK don’t have a valid Will. It’s something that most people don’t consider seriously unless they’ve had a life-changing event such as being diagnosed with a serious...
The Dangers of DIY Wills

The Dangers of DIY Wills

The Dangers of DIY Wills Writing your own last will and testament might seem like a good idea. After all, how difficult could it be? You’re just saying where you want your property to go when you die. But that’s only one important thing your will should...
What Happens To Your Pet After You Die?

What Happens To Your Pet After You Die?

What Happens To Your Pet After You Die? It really is something we give very little thought to: when we die, who will look after our beloved pets? We always expect and hope that we will outlive our dogs, cats, parrots or hamsters; and more often than not we do. ...
Making and Storing your Will

Making and Storing your Will

Making and Storing your Will Making and storing your Will can be considered as one of the most difficult, but important things to do. It is a witnessed and a signed document in written form, which specifies who will get the ownership of your possessions, after your...
Confused by all your Will Writing options?

Confused by all your Will Writing options?

Confused by all your Will Writing options? With so many different options available for making your Will it can be confusing to know which one is best. Take a look below to find out more about each of the options. 1. DIY will pack – these are sold in high street...