Will you do me the very great honour…

100 years ago it would have been very unusual, and a social taboo, to live together without being married.  But in the last 40 years or so it has become more common, and accepted by society, and there are increasing numbers of couples who choose to live together rather than getting married. However, there are […]

Where is your ‘safe place’

We’ve all had those moments where we can’t find something important, some paperwork we need to look at or a certificate we just can’t find, but we know that we’ve put them in a ‘safe place’; imagine if that missing document was your Will and your loved ones were unable to find where you’d stored […]

Keeping your Business going when you cannot keep going

You may have read one of my blogs before about Lasting Powers of Attorney and how these can help you if you are unable to make decisions for yourself – either permanently or temporarily. A Lasting Power of Attorney can either be created to protect your Property & Financial Affairs or your Health & Welfare. […]

New online service to improve Lasting Power of Attorney

People managing their loved ones’ affairs will find it easier to safeguard their finances and wellbeing after a new online service was launched on 17 July 2020 for newly registered Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) and will eventuallyl be rolled out to all LPAs A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which […]

Surprise… You’re an Executor!

When writing your Will, you must appoint at least one executor. An executor is a person named in your Will who will carry out your wishes and distribute your estate. when you die.  “Estate” is everything you own, including money, property and possessions at the date of your death. Throughout the process of making a […]

Why do I need a Lasting Power of Attorney?

Recently, I wrote a blog about the most common myths that people hold about Lasting Powers of Attorney which included statements such as ‘I’m married so my husband/wife will get to decide what happens’ and ‘I don’t need an LPA because I’m not old’. You can read that blog HERE to see why these beliefs […]

What happens to my Social Media accounts when I die?

Not only are we living in an increasingly digital age where social media and an online presence are becoming the norm, there are also a rising number of people who make an income from their social media accounts – from YouTube channels to Instagram Influencers and so it is now more important than ever that […]

Looking after Children (Guardianship)

Guardian (Noun) -a person who is legally responsible for the care of someone who is unable to manage their own affairs, especially a child whose parents have died. As a parent, if you are considering your estate, it is a crucial element of this process that you look at Guardians for your children (either natural […]

Don’t go breaking my heart… or my Will

We’ve all heard the jokes that post lockdown and the coronavirus phase the rate of pregnancies and divorces are going to rise and although this is a bit tongue in cheek it’s also true that the pressure of households together 24/7 in these very unusual circumstances can put a strain on families. I thought, therefore, […]

Weird Wills and their legacies…

The purpose of a Will is to distribute your estate after your death according to your wishes so it’s an important thing to do to protect your loved ones. How you do this is entirely up to you and there are very few restrictions on what you can and cannot leave to friends or family. […]

Addressing misconceptions about LPAs

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is only in force during your lifetime, it is a document which gives powers to your attorney(s) to make decisions for you if you are unable to make them yourself.  There are two types of LPA although there is no obligation to create both: One that governs your property […]

The effect of Coronavirus on Will Signings

We have written blogs before about the importance of the Will writing process and the legalities involved. The process and the documents themselves are tied up in some pretty ancient legislation as they’re still based on the Wills Act of 1837, written in Queen Victoria’s reign and many of the elements were designed to protect […]

Why a Will? Easing the way for your loved ones after you’ve gone

Despite the fact that having a Will has a number of very clear benefits – not least of which is that you can choose what happens to your estate after you die – statistics still show that over half the UK population die without making a valid Will and approximately 5 million people don’t even […]

During Covid-19 – an update

I think it’s safe to say that these are unprecedented times, we are seeing something we have never seen  across the whole world with the Covid-19 virus and in response we see businesses, schools and our countries infrastructure have to change as well. I have already received a lot of calls from people concerned about […]

What happened last year…

This month I thought I’d share with you a round up of all the pieces of legislation, news and developments related to estate planning from last year. Small changes happen all the time which is why it’s important to employ a Will Writer who understands legal implications and is committed to continuous professional development. As […]