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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...



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...



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 give.  <...



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 aft...



Charity Gifts in Wills: how and why…


Posted on 25 September 2019


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 fundraisin...



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,
  • Ensu...


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 a secu...



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 docum...



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 ...



When you’ve got kids there’s a LOT to do: keep them clean and healthy, keep them on the straight and narrow and preserve your own sanity.  The lure of life admin and paperwork may be very easy to resist compared to the new box set on Netflix when 9pm comes around and all is quiet in the hou...



Pets and Gifts in Wills.


Posted on 3 June 2019


So: you own a pet.

What happens to your pet when you die?

Well: hopefully he or she will live a long and happy life when you’ve gone.  Read on to see how you can make the best arrangements for him or her when you aren’t around. 

If you make no other ar...



People can get written out of wills for all sorts of reasons.  This post will look at some of the better and worse ways of doing it – using the example of the Game of Thrones Tarly family.  With a spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen the later series’ of GoT!

The bo...



Research now shows that cohabiting is the fastest growing family type in the UK (here<...



We’ve researched the most common reasons people update their wills to mark the launch of our “Lifetime Updates” service.  You can update your will forever for just £10 per year. Top reasons are:

1. Marriage:

It’s more than just “a piece of pap...



There may be trouble ahead…

Are you a UK citizen living in Europe, or an EU citizen with assets in the UK?  At the time of writing, nobody knows what’s going to happen post Brexit.  There are certain things that everyone should do though, Brexit or no Bre...



The problem

We studied tech trends and access to legal services in the UK.  This article examines a task every adult should undertake: making a will.  The rise of the internet and legal tech has made it easier than ever to access legal services.  However...



Younger people who are single, without children and do not consider themselves to be wealthy often think that there is no reason to make a will.  Wills do more than just divvy out your money and “stuff”.  Now it’s quicker, cheaper and easier than ever to make a will.  These ...



Short answer: probably

Divorce or dissolution of civil partnership does not automatically revoke your will like getting married does. If you divorce or dissolve your civil partnership after your will is made, any reference to your former spouse or civil partner will be treated as if ...



Gifts in wills are a major source of funding for UK charities, with more than £2 billion passed on by donors each year. But there is a gap between the number of people who say that they would like to leave a legacy to a charity and the number of gifts actually given. 

Almost a th...



More than half of the adults in the UK don’t have a will: leading to family heartbreak, arguments, and extra costs. With new probate fees of up to £6,000 imminent in April 2019 estate planning has never been more important.

Legal Tech firm Make a Will Online breaks down barriers for...



Short answer: probably.

Your legal status changes upon marriage and any existing will is automatically cancelled (or “revoked”) 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 mar...



If you have been following the news over the last couple of years, you may be aware that there has been a debate about whether the will writing industry should be regulated, how this regulation would look and whether solicitors actually offer a better service than other will writers.

T...



You should make a will… but you need to make sure it will be valid once the ring is on your finger! This is because marriage automatically cancels any last will and testament unless that document specifies otherwise. Most wills do not specify otherwise.

This means that you will becom...



One thing you may want to consider when storing your will is the option of leaving your login details for online accounts in an informal letter that accompanies the will. It can be a messy and prolonged process for your family to gain access to any online accounts you hold, for example anything ...



Unsurprising news from this year’s Standard Life Wills and Trusts Research Report – only 37% of UK adults have a last will and testament. This sinks to around 10% of people aged 35 to 44 and well below ten percent of people under 35. This means that the majority of UK adults ...



At the end of the will writing process, after you make a secure payment via debit/credit card or PayPal, your will document is emailed to the email address you provided at the start of the will writing process. Along with the document, you will find comprehensive instructions for signing, wi...



In almost all circumstances, a married couple should have two separate wills. There is the option of a “joint will” but in practise these are very rare and are treated as two separate wills by the courts anyway; the will is submitted for probate when the first testator dies and then agai...



Why Make A Will?


Posted on 20 March 2012


  • Because if you don’t make a will, you have no say in how your estate is divided
  • Because the intestacy rul...


Making a will may not be at the top of your “to do” list, but we firmly believe that it should be. Less than half an hour of your time and a small investment can guarantee your peace of mind and your loved ones’ security in the event that anything should happen to you.

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