Don’t you forget about me… leaving someone out of your Will

Families and modern relationships can be complex and it is a simple fact that sometimes, for one reason or another, you might want to leave a child or close relation out of your Will. However, under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, the following family members can challenge the Will, including: Your […]

Frequently Asked Questions

This week’s blog covers several questions that I am frequently asked by clients.  I hope you find it useful. ‘How do I know my Will is valid?’ Section 9 of The Wills Act 1837 states: No will shall be valid unless— (a)it is in writing, and signed by the testator, or by some other person […]

The Rules of Intestacy

As a Will Writer I am passionate about the reasons why having a Will is important and I do a lot of talks, write blogs and generally try my best to make people aware of this. It is still a very real fact that over half the UK population die without having made a Will […]

“I want you to have this”: deathbed gifts and their validity

We have all seem films or programmes or read stories of people who, on their deathbed, bestow a gift upon a loved one – outside of their Will and often quite spontaneously. I am often asked whether these deathbed gifts actually exist and, if so, are they valid. The simple answer to this is yes, […]

Preparing for the cost of saying goodbye with a Funeral Plan

There are 2 main benefits of taking out a funeral plan, for yourself or someone else: You pay at today’s rates – no matter how long the person lives after taking out the plan. It takes away uncertainty and stress from family members at the time of the death.  They know exactly what their loved […]

Jargon Busting – Lasting Power of Attorney Certificate Provider

Wills in England and Wales are governed by the Wills Act of 1837 but Lasting Powers of Attorney are a much more recent addition, having started in 2007 in response to the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Therefore, LPAs have much less arcane language than Wills but there are still terms in them which can confuse […]

I’m a Finalist!

I am so pleased and proud to announce that I am a finalist in the Woman Who Achieves Awards 2020, Soloprenuer category. I honestly cannot tell you how wonderful it is to be recognised for all the work I have put in to not only build alh legal into what it is today but also […]

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 […]