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Executing wills – the new rules: our Head of Legal quoted in Money Week

Money Week’s recent article: Making a will online in the time of Covid (article here) referenced the research and findings of Oliver Asha our Head of Legal. This article discussed the new rules around executing wills Making a will online has been possible for well over a decade. Make a Will Online launched in 2008 …

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

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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Do I need to make a will after getting married?

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

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…

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.

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

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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Have you thought about these 5 reasons to update your will?

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 paper from the City Hall” as Jodi Mitchell puts it.  Marriage has wide …

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You’d be surprised at these 10 reasons why you should make a will in your 20s

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 10 reasons why you should …

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Legal Tech Experts Set New “Gold Standard” for Affordable Online Wills

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 access to top quality …

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Do I need to make a will after getting married?

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 marrying or entering a civil partnership. The months before your wedding …

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Reflections on the regulation of Will Writing in England and Wales

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. The process received attention after the …

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Why Make A Will?

Because if you don’t make a will, you have no say in how your estate is divided Because the intestacy rules can cause some unpleasant surprises Because managing an estate is slower and  more costly without a will Because intestacy makes a hard time even harder for the people that matter most to you Because it costs …

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