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DIY Wills and What Can Go Wrong

Daniel Cooil
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With new local Covid-19 restrictions being put in place this week and the spectre of another national lockdown looming ever larger, we are receiving an increased number of enquiries from people who want to make or update their Wills. As with the first...

When contesting a Will must I really take it to Court?

Nicola White
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  If you choose to contest a Will it’s worth knowing what the process might look like for you and how, at a time of grief, resolving the matter through mediation might be a preferred option for everyone involved. One of the struggles that...

Five Top Tips For Making A Will

Jess Orme
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When you make a Will it’s important to consider who you want your assets to go to when you die. Often this will be to just one single person, such as your spouse, however with ‘blended families’ being ever more common it’s wise to...

Guardianship of Young Children

Liz Fyfe
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You might think that making a Will is all about what happens to your money when you die, and in the main this is right! You may have many different types of assets ranging from physical cash in savings, property, valuable personal possessions and...

Abusing Lasting Power of Attorney

Nicola White
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The last few months have demonstrated the importance of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) for those who have been unable to leave their own homes or who have been concerned about dealing with their own affairs and have benefited from someone being able to...

Prince Died Four Years Ago and Left No Will.

Nicola White
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Four years ago today the music legend Prince passed away. With a career earning him seven Grammy Awards, seven Brit Awards and a Golden Globe Award to name just a few you’d expect him to have an Estate worth a bob or two. In fact it’s...

Urgent Calls for the Change to the Law for Witnessing Wills

Liz 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

Liz 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?

Liz 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?

Liz 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?

Jess 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 ?

Liz 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...