Wills

Controlling the fate of your estate

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The tragic death of businessman Richard Cousins and his family in a seaplane crash on New Year's Eve in 2017 re iterated the importance of including a "Disaster Scenario Clause" in your Will. A Disaster Scenario Clause allows you to state where you would like your estate to go if all your immediate family die at the same time as you. In the case of Richard Cousins, he named Oxfam to be his ultimate beneficiary, and they benefitted from his £41 million estate. More …

Selecting the right charity to support - and 'targeting' your legacy

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Now in its 9th year, the 'Remember A Charity Week' campaign is launching a new tool to help individuals discover charities whose work is close to their heart. More …

Pets and your Will - 'Prepare for their care'

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We are a nation of pet lovers, in fact over 45 percent of us own a pet [i]. However what many do not consider is what will happen to their pet after they die. There are a number of options. More …

Tying the knot in 2018

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If like a certain Prince you are fast approaching a special day in 2018, you may have spent the last few months planning the wedding venue or band, what to wear, your photographers, florists and caterers. The number of members of the general public who are to attend, or their identity, probably won't have troubled you like it has Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Although not as exciting, what should also be added to your essential wedding checklist is reviewing or making your Will. More …

How your ability to understand your Will may affect your ability to say "I do"

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Claims that a Will is invalid because a person did not have the ability, or testamentary capacity, to make it are now familiar. However the test of capacity varies depending on the situation and the recent Court of Protection case of Re DMM [2017] EWCOP 32 and 33 questioned the legal test for the capacity to marry and in particular whether it required the person to understand that marriage would automatically revoke their Will. More …

The (Copy) right to Break the Royal Seal

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There was an interesting application to the Family Court recently for the purposes of releasing the will and codicil of HRH the Duke of Windsor from a sealed envelope for the purposes of copying the contents to confirm the copyright owner of the literary work contained within. More …

Will going digital simplify probate applications?

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Dealing with someone's estate can be complicated and often involves lots of paperwork. Will the Probate Registry's online service save applicants time and money? Read our article below and decide for yourself. More …

Looking for a place in the sun? How to ensure your Spanish property passes to your chosen beneficiary on death

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As the winter months draw in on us, a holiday home in Spain seems like a very appealing prospect but have you thought about what will happen to that property on your death? More …

Should I make a Living Will?

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With life expectancy ever-increasing and with 9.9 million new cases of dementia reported each year worldwide, people are becoming increasingly concerned about their long term health. More …

What the 2017 Budget didn't say…

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Compared to recent years, Mr Hammond's Budget of November 2017 could be described as relatively benign, particularly given the relatively low impact it is likely to have on most households. But sometimes it is the unsaid that is more telling and we look at what might lie ahead in 2018. More …