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Increase to the “Statutory Legacy”
Posted on 31 January 2020
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 £...
Death, Taxes and Admin: what do do when someone dies
Posted on 23 December 2019
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 shoul...
When is an “adult”? I only want my kids to inherit when they can make good decisions!
Posted on 17 December 2019
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...
Solicitor checked wills for charity supporters
Posted on 25 November 2019
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. <...
Do I need to make a will after getting married?
Posted on 25 October 2019
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...
Old age and capacity: how to protect your will from challenge
Posted on 18 September 2019
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,
Where there’s no will – is there a way? What to do if an original will is lost or destroyed.
Posted on 26 July 2019
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...
Home is where the heart is: wills for expats in the UK and abroad…
Posted on 9 July 2019
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...
Where there isn’t a will, there’s a war: the tragic case of John and Anne Scarle.
Posted on 3 July 2019
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 ...
Children and gifts in wills: 5 ways to get peace of mind.
Posted on 26 June 2019
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...
What happened when Lord Tarly tried to write Samwell out of his will…
Posted on 10 May 2019
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!
Do you cohabit? Your key questions answered:
Posted on 9 May 2019
Research now shows that cohabiting is the fastest growing family type in the UK (here<...
Have you thought about these 5 reasons to update your will?
Posted on 19 April 2019
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:
It’s more than just “a piece of pap...
Beat Brexit uncertainty. Make a will online.
Posted on 18 April 2019
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...
No Printer, No Problem: wills and old law in a modern era
Posted on 15 April 2019
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...
You’d be surprised at these 10 reasons why you should make a will in your 20s
Posted on 1 March 2019
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 ...
Do you need a new will when you separate from a partner?
Posted on 2 January 2019
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 ...
Charities and fundraising for gifts in wills
Posted on 2 July 2018
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...
Legal Tech Experts Set New “Gold Standard” for Affordable Online Wills
Posted on 14 February 2018
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...
Do I need to make a will after getting married?
Posted on 12 December 2016
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...
Reflections on the regulation of Will Writing in England and Wales
Posted on 7 August 2013
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.
I am about to get married, should I make a will?
Posted on 17 September 2012
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...
Leaving internet logins with your will
Posted on 17 June 2012
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 ...
More than half of UK adults don’t have a will
Posted on 25 May 2012
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 ...
What should I do once I have finished my will?
Posted on 18 May 2012
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...
Does a married couple need two wills?
Posted on 17 April 2012
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...
The benefits of making a will online
Posted on 18 February 2012
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.