Wills
Can you exclude someone from your Will?

Can you exclude someone from your Will?

In the UK you can make a will leaving what you like to who you like.  That means you can also exclude people who would normally expect to inherit from you. Can they still claim against your estate? Someone may believe they have been unfairly left out of a Will,...

Have you chosen the right executor?

Have you chosen the right executor?

What is an executor? In your Will, you must name the people you wish to appoint as 'executors'.  Executors are the people who will be responsible for carrying out your wishes and for sorting out your estate when you die.  They will need to apply for a Grant...

Who will be guardians for my children?

Who will be guardians for my children?

Are you risking your children’s future by doing nothing? In your Will, you can nominate someone to be a legal guardian for your children, just in case the worst happens and you die before they reach 18. Not sure who to choose?  If you haven’t made a will, or have...

What happens if you separate or divorce?

What happens if you separate or divorce?

Separation If you have an existing Will which names your partner or spouse as beneficiary to inherit all (or some) of your assets, then this will still happen, even if you have legally separated and have made a separation settlement of finances.  This can include...

This year I will…… Make a Will!

This year I will…… Make a Will!

Don’t be afraid to talk about making a will or what happens after you’re gone – it could be one of the most important things you do for your family! The New Year is a great opportunity to get around to things you have been putting off.  Making a Will, shows that...

When is a will invalid?

When is a will invalid?

You’ve made a Will, but when is a Will not Valid? Anyone (of sound mind and over 18) can make a Will. Off-the-shelf or online kits are readily available, but it isn’t as easy as filling out the forms and ticking the boxes. There are a number of factors that can...

When should I review or update my will?

When should I review or update my will?

You’ve finally got around to making your will after many years of putting it off, and as you sign, you give a sigh of relief that ‘everything is now sorted’. So how long should you leave it before you review or re-write your will? Outdated legal documents can be as...

The Perils of a DIY Will

The Perils of a DIY Will

Families who are incorrectly making homemade wills could be disinheriting their children. ‘Do-It-Yourself’ kits have grown in popularity over recent years, because of the reduced cost. Tempted by the price of just £20 in some cases, an increasing number of people are...

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