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Video witnessed wills

Government allows wills witnessed by video In the biggest change to the law on wills since 1837 the government has announced that video witnessed wills are to be made legal. In a response to the pandemic, people will be able to sign wills remotely. In the middle of...
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What is equity release?

Equity release is accessing money tied up in your property if you’re aged 55 or above.  It is of particular benefit to people that may need to meet an unexpected expense or are experiencing a pension shortfall. The money can be accessed in either a lump sum, in...
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Legal Guardians

I have small children.  Why should I appoint legal guardians for them in my Will? When having your will prepared, you should consider appointing legal guardians for your children, and here’s why: Death is something most of us avoid talking about however if you have...
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All change for Probate

Probate Modernisation The process of applying for probate which was unchanged for years is being modernised by the government. The latest changes come into effect from the 18th of May 2020. The government is pushing through modernising reforms despite the pandemic and...
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Now, I’m a proper grown up!

A recent wills client kindly wrote a step by step guide of how her wills experience was – Like most people have a will was something I had often thought about especially since my husband and I have two children. However, there always seemed to be something else...
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The Season of Goodwill

How to Gift it: Charities and Wills There are many very good reasons for writing wills – making things easier for your family, ensuring your assets are split according to your wishes and appointing competent executors are just some good reasons. Another...
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DIY Probate- The pitfalls

Routes to applying In the modern age it seems everyone has a smartphone and we spend an increasing amount of time on line looking at social media, shopping following the news and keeping in touch. Access to the internet is changing the way we all shop and buy...
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