Blogs

2017

Keep calm and carry on, despite manifesto mayhem

26 May, 2017

A message from our directors, urging customers to postpone any rearranging of estate plans based on manifesto promises ...


How to protect loved ones from challenges to your Will

15 June, 2017

Legal challenges to Wills are on the up. Here's how to ensure your Single Will or Mirror Will cannot be challenged.


Have you and your loved ones got LPAs?

Have you and your loved ones got LPAs?

01 August, 2017

The benefits of making a Will are often known. Knowledge about the benefits of a LPA is less common. This post explains all you need to know.


Inheritance Tax Take Breaks £5bn Barrier

Inheritance Tax Take Breaks £5bn Barrier

02 July, 2017

If your estate has broken the £325,000 barrier you need to take the steps necessary to ensure your wealth can be passed onto your family.


Is it a good idea to leave more to my less well-off children?

Is it a good idea to leave more to my less well-off children?

07 July, 2017

Wise advice from Huffington Post on how to be fair when making a Will…


10 Surprising Facts about Wills

10 Surprising Facts about Wills

10 July, 2017

There’s a lots of stats and facts doing the round in the world of estate planning, Will writing and probate at the minute.


The Truth about LPA Risks

The Truth about LPA Risks

14 September, 2017

Last week retired senior Court of Protection Judge, Denzil Lush told Radio 4’s Today Programme that people should be more aware of the risks of LPAs


The Danger of DIY Wills

The Danger of DIY Wills

17 July, 2017

Earlier this year The Guardian reported on the danger of DIY Wills


5 Questions to Help Your Loved One Write a Will

5 Questions to Help Your Loved One Write a Will

29 August, 2017

Last week we shared our thoughts on how to get a conversation started with a loved one about the importance of making a Will. Here are some more ideas



Young, free and single? You still need a Will

Young, free and single? You still need a Will

03 October, 2017

Even if you are single, do not have children and do not own a house, writing a Will is still important. Here’s why …


Lessons to learn from recent Charity Wills Judgment

Lessons to learn from recent Charity Wills Judgment

14 July, 2017

How to write a Will that discretely excludes a family member and minimises the chances of that family member contesting your Will.


How to Choose your Executor

How to Choose your Executor

29 August, 2017

Writing a Will online is quick, easy and affordable and our online Will template guides you through every step, including how to choose your executor.


What if Prince had Written a Will?

05 June, 2017

If you, like Prince, don't get round to writing a Will, the courts will decide who inherits your estate. Will it go to who you want it to?


13 Dangerous Myths about Wills & Trusts

13 Dangerous Myths about Wills & Trusts

26 September, 2017

Here are the 13 most dangerous misconceptions they most regularly come across …


5 Reasons to Buy your Will online

08 May, 2017

Research reveals that 76% of the UK population has thought about getting a Will but not actually got around to doing so.



How will my family know where my Will is when I die?

03 May, 2017

When you take out an Active Wills’ Will online, you are given the option to store it in our secure facility.


Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest of them All? Part 2

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest of them All? Part 2

23 June, 2017

In this article, I explain in detail when and why a Mirror Will is not the right choice for a couple.


Can you afford to be an executor?

Can you afford to be an executor?

03 October, 2017

More and more people who take on the role of executor, perhaps motivated by a desire to protect their loved one’s peace of mind.


The Way of the Will

23 May, 2017

If any of these 7 things happen to you – you need to write or update your Will.


It’s International Children’s Day. Have you protected yours?

31 May, 2017

How to protect your children beyond making a Will ...


Want to reduce Inheritance Tax? Donate to Charity

02 June, 2017

Inheritance Tax Relief (IHT) on Charitable Donations is predicted to reach a record £900 million next year. In this blog, we explain why.


5 Reasons Dying Without a Will Should Not be an Option

5 Reasons Dying Without a Will Should Not be an Option

06 September, 2017

Here are 5 reasons one client decided that dying without a Will (dying intestate) should not be an option for her family members…


It’s Never too Late to Protect your Estate

02 June, 2017

Following last week’s words of warning from our directors regarding holding off making changes to your estate plans until after the elections.


What is Probate and what are the planned fee changes?

13 April, 2017

Update on planned changes to probate fees ...


What Can You Do To Keep Everyone Happy After You Die?

16 May, 2017

Last week was Dying Matters Awareness Week. Our consultants had lots #WhatCanYouDo conversations with clients.


What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

05 April, 2017

Did you know that 61% of the UK population does not have a Will?


WANT TO HELP MODERNISE WILL WRITING LAW?

WANT TO HELP MODERNISE WILL WRITING LAW?

27 July, 2017

Making a Will is one of the most important things you can do to protect your family, wealth & wishes, yet only 60% of the adult population in England.


DIY Wills (with no hidden costs)

DIY Wills (with no hidden costs)

26 September, 2017

We reported on similar concerns in the UK, expressed in The Guardian in our July post, The Danger of DIY Wills


FT Reports on a 36% Surge of Family Disputes Over Inheritance in 2016

FT Reports on a 36% Surge of Family Disputes Over Inheritance in 2016

12 September, 2017

FT journalist, Lucy Warwick-Ching traces steep rise in inheritance disputes back to a 2015 high court ruling.


Been asked to be an executor of a Will?

Been asked to be an executor of a Will?

06 September, 2017

Typically, people writing an online Will with us have a family member responsible for dealing with other family members, areas of sensitivity.


20 Reasons for Making A Will Now

20 Reasons for Making A Will Now

08 August, 2017

Our Will writing experts have summarised their reasons and added 10 more on why making a Charity Will online is the way to go …


Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest of them All?

22 June, 2017

Teressa McDonald, Head of Legal Services, begins to demystify emerging confusion around whether Mirror Wills are the right choice


Inheritance, Civil Partnerships and Living Together

Inheritance, Civil Partnerships and Living Together

20 July, 2017

How to ensure your civil partner or common law husband or wife benefits from your estate when you die …