RECENT ARTICLES & HELPFUL TIPS

This News & Resources section gathers papers, case studies and other valuable materials, such as social media, press releases, events and webinars. Take a look at the Martin Lewis video below, Martin explains the importance of having a valid will and putting place Lasting Power of Attorney - This is a relevant subject at the moment as you really need to put safeguards into the documents against Attorney abuse. ITV's Tonight programme aired an investigation recently into the rise of abuse. You can read the article here http://www.itv.com/news/2017-11-30/elderly-theft-robbing-the-relatives-tonight/

We have also added a few short clips from our regulatory body " Society of Will Writers" on why you should write a will and how to prepare for a will instruction appointment. This will help both you and the consultant.

March 15, 2018

Writing a will can be a daunting process. However, it is something we need to do if we want our wishes carried out after we pass away.

With proper preparation and correct legal advice, writing a will shouldn't be a process that you dread.

Here are 5 key points on the importance of making a will

1. Get professional advice

Writing a will is a can be complicated and time consuming. Unless you are writing a simple will in which you are leaving everything you own to your spouse/partner or children it is best to seek advice from a regulated will writing service or solicitor. 

It is important to remember that a regulated will writer or solicitor wil...

January 2, 2018

Abuse of power of attorney How to ensure safeguards are in place once you have given an attorney the right to make decisions on your behalf.

September 8, 2017

On the 13th July 2017 the Law Commission launched a consultation paper to tackle issues surrounding the law of Wills, chiefly aiming to bring Wills into the modern age. The Law Commission has highlighted the age of the current legislation as a root of the problem and suggested that the law needs to be modernised to reflect changes in society, technology and medical understanding – we’ve come a long way since the Wills Act was first introduced in 1837.

WHY THE NEED FOR MODERNISATION?

The underpinning statute for succession law is the Wills Act 1837 (WA 1837). This has been updated over the years as changes in societal norms have called for it, for example...

Case Study Outcome.

Whether Liam's will is valid

In order to ascertain the validity of the Will it is necessary to examine section 9 of the Wills Act 1837, which sets out the formal requirements for a valid Will . The first requirement is that the Will is in writing and signed by the testator. Secondly that the testator intended by his signature to give effect to the Will. The signature made by the testator must be done so in the presence of two witnesses. The two witnesses must be over 18 and of sound mind and must then sign the will in the presence of the testator. Liam's Will contains his full signature; it appears as though he meant to give effect to...

June 1, 2017

As a professional will writer, I have being banging on about this for years. Many people seem to have total apathy towards making their wills and protecting their loved ones inheritance. There was a survey compiled a few years ago by unbiased.co.uk a leading financial advice website which found that more than 30 million adults failed to make provisions for when they die. 

According to unbiased.co.uk the number one reason for not leaving provision was apathy - lack of interest, with 36% saying they just haven't got round to sorting it out yet, and 8% that it never occurred to them. Almost one fifth (18%) don't think they have anything of value to le...

February 23, 2017

There is some confusion surrounding the meaning and purpose of a Living Will, legally known as an Advance Decision, an Advance Statement and a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare.

The key difference is that an Advance Decision is a record of a decision you have made yourself, for use if you later lose mental capacity, whereas a Lasting Power of Attorney appoints someone else to make those decisions for you if mental capacity is lost.

What is an Advance Decision?

A Living Will or Advance Decision is a statement in which you refuse specific medical treatment. This is in case you have lost mental capacity at the relevant time. It is important to...

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