The law lags behind when it comes to unmarried couples and their rights. Astonishingly, a surviving partner of a cohabiting couple is not automatically entitled to inherit their deceased partner’s estate – unless the specifics are written down in the deceased partner’s Will. Without a Will, the rules of intestacy decide what happens when your […]
New rules came into force on 1 January 2022 with the aim of simplifying the inheritance tax process by making it easier to administer excepted estates. Excepted Estates are estates that do not require a full inheritance tax account form IHT400 to be filed with HMRC when applying for a grant of probate – instead, […]
It’s vital to have a valid Will if you want to ensure your estate is distributed according to your wishes rather than the rules of intestacy when you die – and to keep the validity of your Will when you get married, or enter into a Civil Partnership, you need to review it. It may […]
So much of our lives is online nowadays and many of us organise aspects of our lives in a digital format – but what happens to our online life and digital data when we die? It’s natural to plan ahead for physical assets and express your wishes for your estate in your Will, however you […]
By having a lasting power of attorney (LPA), you have someone in place who is legally authorised to make financial decisions on your behalf should you be unable to do so and if you wish even before that event. Sometimes, it is helpful to have someone who can perform financial tasks on your behalf which […]
When we think of Wills, many of us assume these are only necessary for the older generation – but if you’re young, there are still many important reasons for putting a Will in place.
Making a Will enables you to protect loved ones long after you’ve died, and to do so in the way you wish this to happen, including who your executors are – so, what happens if an executor or witness dies before you?
‘T is the season to be merry and plan New Year resolutions that often include the gym and swapping wine for water – and we think it’s the perfect time to also plan for your future. Alongside the more common New Year resolutions sit ones that involve getting your personal affairs in order, including your […]
None of us likes to think about what happens when we die, but it is important to have a plan in place in order to ensure loved ones are cared for long after we’ve gone.
The nature of life is that it goes on and sometimes your circumstances change – which is why it’s important to review your Will on a regular basis.