IS IT ALWAYS RIGHT TO FIGHT A LEGAL CASE WHERE A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER IS DISINHERITED?

IS IT ALWAYS RIGHT TO FIGHT A LEGAL CASE WHERE A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER IS DISINHERITED?
IS IT ALWAYS RIGHT TO FIGHT A LEGAL CASE WHERE A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER IS DISINHERITED? The Daily Mail reported recently the case of Brian Cole, who committed suicide in August 2013, over 6 years ago. He made an updated Will just 25 days before he died, leaving virtually all his savings to RNLI. This amounted to £268,000. He had previously volunteered as a Lifeboat man. In this Will, he left just ...

SHOULD I CHANGE MY WILL IF MY PARTNER GOES INTO CARE?

SHOULD I CHANGE MY WILL IF MY PARTNER GOES INTO CARE?
SHOULD I CHANGE MY WILL IF MY PARTNER GOES INTO CARE? Many of us have simple “Mirror Wills” and a jointly owned house, and maybe if we are lucky some savings. What should I do if my partner starts to lose mental capacity, should I still leave them everything? While it makes fine sense if they are well, the situation can quickly start to change, if they suffer with Alzheimer’s or other disabling ...

CAN I MAKE A WILL DURING LOCKDOWN?

CAN I MAKE A WILL DURING LOCKDOWN?
CAN I MAKE A WILL DURING LOCKDOWN? Many readers will be asking, is it possible to write a Will in the current situation with the Coronavirus? Well it is a good question to ask, and there isn’t a simple answer. Some solicitors have reported an increase in demand for Wills in recent months. This could be due to people ill with the virus, wanting to put their affairs in order. We sometimes he...

Should I mention my dog in my Will?

Should I mention my dog in my Will?
Should I mention my dog in my Will? Reading in a popular paper recently, it explained a sad situation, where an old person had died, with no close family, but a dog. Sadly, the police had entered the house, presumably on advice of the neighbours, and found the occupant dead, with the dog at their side. They dealt with the body, and took the dog to an animal home, who then re-homed the anim...

Can I still make a Will after Lockdown?

Can I still make a Will after Lockdown? Many readers will be asking, is it possible to write a Will in the current situation with the Coronavirus? Well it is a good question to ask, and there isn’t a simple answer. Some solicitors have reported an increase in demand for Wills in recent months. This could be due to people ill with the virus, wanting to put their affairs in order. We sometime...
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Situation with Mother-in-Law Living in the House

Situation with Mother-in-Law Living in the House
A client told me about a situation some friends are in. It would appear, it is not totally unique, and talking to others, the situation may be on the increase. I have listed below some of the common characteristics: Couple (Man and Woman) typically aged 40 may be married or not. Have recently bought a house together on a mortgage and set up home. Typically have young children. The ch...
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Can I and My Wife Transfer Our House to Our Children to Reduce Inheritance Tax?

Can I and My Wife Transfer Our House to Our Children to Reduce Inheritance Tax?
Reading in a popular newspaper a reader had written in asking this question. The article made the point, that the reader would need to make sure they were legally protected, and could remain in the house. It also advised setting up a trust to put the house in, using a specialist lawyer. These two points are very valid. I would also add, such advice does not come cheap. Expect to pay £...
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What Can I Do If I Have an Inheritance Tax Liability?

What Can I Do If I Have an Inheritance Tax Liability?
Inheritance tax has been described as a voluntary tax. It is true if you are wealthy, and you give your assets away, well in advance of dying, you might be able to avoid it. Sadly, many of us don’t give it a thought until it is too late, and tax is payable on our death. So what should you do? Firstly, count up all your assets. If necessary, obtain valuations, if one hasn’t been done for som...
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Why is Mental Capacity Important When Making a Will?

Why is Mental Capacity Important When Making a Will?
The majority of Wills written shouldn’t create a problem when the person making the Will, the testator dies. Most are perfectly fair, leaving everything to a spouse, and failing that the children equally. Even if the mental capacity of the testator wasn’t great, in the majority of cases, it is unlikely to be questioned. However,the situation is very different, when a testator has unusual wis...

WHY WOULD YOU BUY YOUR FUNERAL PLAN IN ADVANCE?

WHY WOULD YOU BUY YOUR FUNERAL PLAN IN ADVANCE?
That is a good question. Surely, you must have better things to spend your money on! If you have plenty of money, and close family, you might think they can sort everything out after your day. It is helpful if your family know what you would want, and details may be given in a Will or separate letter of wishes. For most of us, it is not a subject we like to talk about, so it can be overlooked. ...
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