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Increase to the “Statutory Legacy”

By admin | Jan 31, 2020 | Comments Off on Increase to the “Statutory Legacy”

What is a “Statutory Legacy”? “Intestacy” is where you die without a will. If you die intestate the Government rules decide who gets what. A Statutory Legacy is the amount that a spouse or civil partner gets. Previously the Statutory Legacy was £250,000. The Chancellor has announced that this sum will increase in line with […]

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Death, Taxes and Admin: what do do when someone dies

By admin | Dec 23, 2019 | Comments Off on Death, Taxes and Admin: what do do when someone dies

The period following the death of a loved one is fraught.  You need to carry out a number of legal and administrative steps. This adds to the pressure.  Failure to do these things promptly and properly could lead to increased strife, cost, and problems at a later date.  You should be able to get ample […]

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When is an “adult”? I only want my kids to inherit when they can make good decisions!

By admin | Dec 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many of our customers prefer to ensure that inheritance doesn’t go to a child before they’ve “grown up”. Imagine: how long would £1,000, £10,000 or £250,000 last with an 19-year-old kidult? Queue mental images of Justin Beiber in a graffitied Lamborghini, a “The Hangover” style trip to Vegas, or the more prosaic but less explosive […]

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Solicitor checked wills for charity supporters

By admin | Nov 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Gifts in wills are worth over £2.8 billion each year to UK charities.  This figure is growing. 36% of the general public said they would like leave a gift in their will but only 6% of them actually do it.  We want to help you and your supporters by making it easier for supporters to […]

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Do I need to make a will after getting married?

By admin | Oct 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Short answer: probably When you marry, your legal status changes. Marriage automatically cancels (or “revokes”) your existing will (unless it specifically states otherwise). Most wills do not state otherwise, so you should be ready to make a new one as soon as possible after marrying or entering a civil partnership. The months before your wedding […]

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Charity Gifts in Wills: how and why…

By admin | Sep 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Why gifts in wills are so super, and how to get further help and peer support. Legacies are the most cost effective way of raising money for charities.  For every £1 spent on fundraising for legacies, the payoff is better than any other channel, even fundraising for grants from trusts and foundations.  It is also […]

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Old age and capacity: how to protect your will from challenge

By admin | Sep 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Making a will is an important piece of life admin.  The only way to make sure your wishes are carried out when you die is to make a will. With a will you can: Ensure you look after your spouse and children; Leave a gift to people or charities closest to you, Ensure you split […]

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Where there’s no will – is there a way? What to do if an original will is lost or destroyed.

By admin | Jul 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

To carry out the wishes in a will you need to produce the original to the Probate Registry.  But: sometimes a will gets lost.  What happens if this has happened to a deceased loved one of yours?  Someone could have thrown it away in a big clear out. Destroyed in a fire. Hidden in such […]

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Home is where the heart is: wills for expats in the UK and abroad…

By admin | Jul 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you are a citizen of the world you’ll have had the opportunity to sample different cultures, environments and languages.  You’ll also have dabbled in the legal systems: whether it be getting a property to live in, applying the local rules and conventions on the road or knowing what documents you really shouldn’t leave your […]

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Where there isn’t a will, there’s a war: the tragic case of John and Anne Scarle.

By admin | Jul 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

In this tragic case John Scarle and Anne Scarle were found dead from hypothermia by police in their home in 2016.  Police were alerted to their absence by neighbours and by the time they were found in their home they had been dead for some time (perhaps more than a week).  At the time of […]

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