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Gifts in Wills – Training with Richard Radcliffe

By Andrii Romakh | Sep 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Gifts in Wills – Training with Richard Radcliffe

As part of our ongoing efforts to support our partner charities, Make a Will Online are running subsidised training on 14 September 2020 with Richard Radcliffe. Richard Radcliffe has worked as a gifts in wills fundraising consultant (or “Legacy Fundraiser”) for 32 years. During the course of his work he has run focus groups with […]

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Our Head of Legal quoted in Financial Times

By Andrii Romakh | Sep 9, 2020 | Comments Off on Our Head of Legal quoted in Financial Times

The Financial Times’ Money Mentor recently covered video witnessing of wills on 5 September 2020. We have covered this topic and explained when you should consider this and how it can be done. You can read more about this here: https://www.makeawillonline.co.uk/video-conference-execution/ Whilst researching her article, the FT’s Money Mentor spoke with Oliver Asha our senior […]

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Increase to the "Statutory Legacy"

By Andrii Romakh | 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 Andrii Romakh | 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 Andrii Romakh | 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 Andrii Romakh | 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 Andrii Romakh | 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 Andrii Romakh | 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 Andrii Romakh | 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 Andrii Romakh | 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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