It can easily be said that Protective Property Trusts (PPTs) are the most common type of Trust that are included in Wills but many people have no heard of them. What is a Protective Property Trust? A PPT is designed to take the deceased’s share in the home and give someone else (known as the […]
The last 2 years have been very unusual and it has led to several lockdowns and a lot of people self-isolating, with a climate of social distancing and avoiding mixing with people outside of your own household. So, whilst there has been a rise in the demand for Wills there has also been a worrying […]
The Kate Garroway story – How to keep access to bank accounts and medical records if your partner becomes ill.
In the recent ITV documentary “Finding Derek”, Kate Garroway shares her experience of her husband’s illness. Derek is in hospital with COVID 19, unable to speak or move, and has just woken up from an induced coma, although the long-term prognosis is unknown. Derek may never regain his full mental capacity. Kate is coping day […]
You may be familiar with Trusts and their basic principles but there are different kinds, this blog explains Discretionary Trusts and why you might need one. What is a Discretionary Trust? First let us look at the definition of a Discretionary Trust. This is a type of Trust where the trustees have complete control of how and […]
As I’ve discussed before, the death of a loved can be a difficult time for those left behind, and it’s at this time that the grieving family will be expected to arrange a funera, This can be difficult at such a challenging and emotional time. It is with this in mind that this week’s blog […]
Executor NOUN law a person or institution appointed by a testator to carry out the terms of their will. In accepting the position of Executor, you are doing so on the understanding that you have a legal duty to administer the estate of the deceased. This includes tasks such as: making sure assets are identified […]
Unusual funeral requests from some famous names!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Undue influence is the act of applying pressure on a person to coerce them, essentially overpowering the individual’s own will Wills In relation to a Will this could mean someone putting pressure on a person to include them in their Will – either by emotional or physical threats/manipulation. When I take instruction for the writing […]
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 […]
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 […]