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Urgent Calls for the Change to the Law for Witnessing Wills

Elizabeth Fyfe
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In a few short weeks we have seen unprecedented change across all sectors of life here in the UK and across the world. Already, we can see how communities are pulling together to support one another, particularly those who may be vulnerable or isolated....

When You Wish To Contest A Will

Elizabeth Fyfe
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In December, after five years of hard work and study I was successfully rewarded with the recognition of becoming a fully qualified member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists. Being welcomed into a group of such highly skilled...

Cohabitation on the rise - are you protected?

Elizabeth Fyfe
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In a recent survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics, it was found that the number of cohabiting couple families continues to grow faster than married couple or lone parent families with an increase of 25.8% over the decade between 2008 and...

What's your digital legacy?

Elizabeth Fyfe
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Digital what? I hear you say. Surely you can't be talking to me. Think again.... You have made your Will to decide how your bank accounts and other assets should be dealt with. So what is a "digital legacy"? This includes your online music...

Can I vary a Will after someone has died?

Jessica Orme
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Yes this can be done! A Deed of Variation is a legal document which allows a beneficiary of an Estate to pass on their share or part of their share to someone if they do not want or need their entitlement under the deceased’s Will or under the rules...

Can I make a Will by Text Message ?

Elizabeth Fyfe
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You may have seen headlines recently about the law concerning making a will – “Could a text become your will?” was one headline! This is a reference to a recent Law Commission report which looks at the current laws on making a will and...

Inheritance update - 1st October 2014

Clare Thornton
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As of yesterday new rules came into force which change the way your estate will pass if you have not made a will. Your spouse will receive the first £250,000 of your estate together with your personal chattels. The remainder will be divided equally...

Powers of Attorney - is it right for you?

Clare Thornton
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Many people consider putting in place Wills to provide for their loved ones in the event of their death. What is commonly overlooked is the making of arrangements to protect not only loved ones but also ourselves in the event that we become incapable...