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Category: Wills & Probate

On January 11, 2018

What is a Probate?

In England and Wales, Probate is the term used to describe the legal and financial processes involved in dealing with the property, money and possessions (called the assets) of a person who has died. Before the next of kin or Executor named in the Will can claim, transfer, sell or distribute any of the deceased’s
On November 9, 2017

The Risks of Writing Your Own Will

Many people believe writing a Will is straightforward and easy to do, however in today’s modern society of divorce and civil partnership this is not the case. We work hard during our lives to buy property, cars, precious items, make investments and build up savings, and all of these assets form our estate when we
On November 7, 2017

Bring Wills into the Modern World

There is currently a move by the Law Commission for England and Wales to change the existing rules surrounding Wills. The current law in England and Wales that governs Wills is mainly derived from the Wills Act 1837. The law of Wills needs to be modernised to take account of the changes in society, technology
On September 22, 2017

Why You Should Make a Will


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Many of us put off writing a Will because it seems morbid and it is not something we want to think about, but it is actually very important not to put it off to a later date to protect and secure the future for your loved ones. Here are 5 reasons why making a Will

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On August 1, 2016

Do You Need to Change Your Will?

Last month we wrote an article about the importance of writing a Will and some of you may be thinking smugly ‘I’ve done that’! However it is important to review your Will from time to time to make sure it still says what you want it to say and if necessary, rewrite your Will. We
On July 25, 2016

Number of people who pass away intestate doubles

According to a YouGov survey, nearly two thirds of the British adult population do not have a Will. When someone dies without making a Will it is known as dying Intestate.  In other words they have died without leaving instructions about who should receive their property and as a result a law court will decide
On June 27, 2016

6 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Will

A will is intended to be a legal document that sets out your wishes about your funeral arrangements and the distribution of your property and money after you die. However there are some common misconceptions that you should be aware of:- If you don’t have a will the law will decide who inherits all you
On April 4, 2016

How to Choose an Executor to Your Will


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An executor is a person or a trust company that is named in your will to carry out your wishes and distribute your estate after you die. When choosing an executor you should consider the following: The qualifications of your executor. Being an executor is a very responsible and demanding role and should be taken

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On January 4, 2016

Why Writing a Will Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution


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How many of you have made a New Year’s resolution? How is it going? Have you given up already? Most of us start the New Year full of promises to ourselves to lose weight or to go to the gym three times a week or only drink alcohol at weekends but unfortunately most of us

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On December 14, 2015

The Benefits of Using a Solicitor to Write Your Will

First and foremost it is very important for us all to have a Will in place to ensure that our property and money is left to the people we want to inherit from us. However many people are tempted to go for a cheap DIY kit. These are fine if everything is straight forward, but