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August 27, 2020

Your Digital Legacy: What Happens To Your Digital Assets on Death?

What is a digital legacy? Your digital legacy is essentially all of the digital information and property that is left behind on your death. Astonishingly, the latest Digital 2019 report, from Hootsuite and We Are Social, shows worldwide we are spending on average 6 hours and 42 minutes online each day.  That is just…
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August 20, 2020

Can you leave money to a pet in your Will?

In the UK, we are pet crazy.  Our pets are part of the family and we would not have it any other way.  That said, few of us take the time to consider what we would want to happen to our pets if we died before them and how we can benefit them. How…
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August 7, 2020

Can my solicitor be an executor of my Will?

Choosing an executor for your Will is an important task and you will want to consider who is best suited for the role carefully.  In this blog, we will explain what is expected of an executor and the reasons why some individuals choose to appoint their solicitor as executor. What does an executor do?…
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July 30, 2020

When should I review my Will?

Signing a Will is a fantastic feeling.  As solicitors, we see first-hand the sense of achievement and relief all rolled up into one single moment when a Will is signed.  However, it is important not just to write your Will and forget about it.  You can, and should, review your Will regularly. Why should…
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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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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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