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May 26, 2020

How can I leave a gift to Charity under my Will?

Why are legacies so important to Charities?  A gift under your Will to a charity is often called a “charitable legacy”. Legacy income is one of the largest sources of voluntary income to the charity sector in the UK. Without the funds that come through legacies and lifetime gifts, many charities would simply not…
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March 31, 2020

What happens if you die without a Will?

In the UK, over 50% of the adult population have not written a Will.  For some, the time will come when they start a family or buy a new home, but predictably a large proportion of those individuals die having missed the opportunity to make a Will.    Does not having a Will actually make…
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March 11, 2020

Writing a Will – Our Essential Checklist

If you have never made a Will or it has been a while since your last update, it can be difficult to know where to begin.  To help you get started, we have set out what you need to know before writing a Will.  What is a Will? A Will is a legal binding…
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November 20, 2019

Lloyds fails to return Wills to grieving families

Last month, the Lloyds Banking Group was forced to apologise for failing to return the Wills of thousands of deceased customers to their families. The Consequences of Lloyds Safe Custody Error As reported by the Financial Times, it understood that the bank recently discovered some 9,000 Wills of deceased customers lingering in their archives.…
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September 20, 2019

How can an LPA help those living with dementia?

A diagnosis of dementia can be challenging not just for the individual, but also for their family.  With so many changes, it can be hard to find time to think about practical arrangements for the future.  However, it is a good idea to start preparing early for a time when your loved one may…
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August 2, 2019

Maintaining control after preparing an LPA

Lasting Powers of Attorney (“LPAs”) are a means of preparing for the future. However, many clients come to us with concerns that signing a Property and Financial Affairs LPA will force them to hand over control of their finances to their attorneys.   What safeguards are in place to protect you? To address this common concern,…
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July 21, 2019

Six tips for choosing attorneys for your LPA

The primary advantage of the Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”), is that it enables you to choose people you trust to act as your attorneys and make decisions on your behalf.    What choices do I have? You can choose: the people you want to act; and if you appoint more than one person, how…
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July 5, 2019

What you really need to know about a DIY Will

DIY Wills are a cheap and accessible option for those looking to set out their wishes.  However, writing your own Will is not always the best option for your family. We look at the factors to consider below. Making your own Will In theory, you can draft your own Will with a pen and…
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June 6, 2019

Why do married couples still need Wills?

If you die without a Will, the rules of intestacy will govern the distribution of your estate.  The rules apply to everyone, married or not.  Your spouse will be in a privileged position compared to others who may seek to benefit; however, the intestacy rules can still have unexpected results.  It is crucial that…
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March 23, 2019

The Essential Guide To Appointing A Legal Guardian For Your Children

At Timbrell Law, we believe in planning ahead to secure the best possible outcome for our clients and their families.  Where there are children, it is essential that parents think about what they would want to happen if they should both die.  Children thrive on stability and continuity.  By appointing legal guardians early and working…
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