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Category Archives: Online Wills

“We live we die and the wheels on the bus go round and round”

“Empires collapse, Civilizations disappear, Health deteriorates, bodies turn to ash, but life will always go on” A bucket list of 50 things to do before you die might include sky diving and swimming with dolphins but bearing in mind the above musings one of the items on the list should probably be making a Will. […]

Consumers to remain at risk from non-regulated will writers – Caveat Emptor!

The Legal Services Board (LSB) (which is responsible for overseeing the UK’s legal regulators and ensuring they act in consumers’ interests) recently concluded a two-year investigation including a series of mystery shopping exercises, which revealed nearly 10 per cent of Wills produced by unqualified will writers would fail to due to invalid execution as well […]

Making a Will: when and why should you do it

Most people know what a Will is. They also know that at some point in their lives they will need to make one, but many put it off in the belief that it is something they can deal with later on in life. However, there are several points during a lifetime when a Will should […]

It takes two: the benefits of mutual or mirror Wills

One of the major challenges of any relationship making joint decisions, but when it comes to making your Wills as husband and wife or civil partners, it can be incredibly beneficial. If you can co-ordinate on areas such as what happens to your assets (money, property and so on) and beneficiaries (children or other recipients), […]

Guard them with your life: make a Will to protect your child

Being a parent often equates to a series of decisions – choosing a school, a GP, vetting boyfriends and girlfriends, weighing in on everything from crayon selection and wardrobe choices to university applications and careers – but one of the most important and lasting decisions you can make is using your Will to protect your […]

Younger homebuyers increasingly likely to be unmarried

A survey by Halifax has revealed that only one-quarter of 25 to 34 year olds were married when they became first-time buyers, compared with three-quarters of 35 to 44 year olds. Almost two-thirds (64%) of the younger group had bought property at some point with a partner, but were not married when they made the […]

Make sure your Will is above suspicion

Courtside: The latest legal news from MyLawyer In a recent High Court case, two Wills an individual prepared on behalf of his sisters were challenged on the grounds of ‘want of knowledge and approval’, meaning the court had doubts that the sisters definitely knew about and fully approved the contents of the Wills. A court […]

What are ‘trusts’? A guide to the different types available

When I hear trust fund, I immediately think of preppy privileged teens on an American TV drama blowing money on sports cars, so I was surprised to discover that trusts are rather more democratic and widespread. Put simply, a trust is a legal arrangement where one person entrusts an asset (e.g. property, land, money, shares […]

47% of births in England & Wales out of wedlock. Is marriage becoming obsolete?

Love and marriage no longer go together like a horse and carriage – at least not according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), whose figures reveal that the number of unmarried British couples cohabiting has steadily increased, as has the number of children born out of wedlock. While this is probably a natural progression […]

Top 10 tips on making a Will

I knew I’d have to make a Will eventually, but I always put it off because I thought it would be so expensive and lengthy that deciding who got my money after I died would become irrelevant! I was also scared of legal jargon, strange Government policies and a solicitor’s Leveson Inquiry levels of interrogation […]

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