Making a WIll


Can Wills be witnessed virtually?

Following a recent BBC article it is now suggested that very soon Wills can be made and witnessed online in England and Wales. But, is it right that the Ministry of Justice will allow Wills to be witnessed remotely? During lockdown we have had to adapt and change our ‘normal’ way of doing things. Lots of people have turned to video conferencing software as a communication […]


What is a Lasting Power of Attorney? How do I make one?

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that lets you appoint a nominated person(s) to make decisions on your behalf.  There are two types of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA): Health & Welfare Property & Financial Affairs A Health & Welfare Power of Attorney can only be used by your attorney if you have lost mental capacity and are no longer able to […]


DIY Wills and the hidden risks

It is important to make a Will, no matter how old you are, but an increasing number of people are deciding to opt for DIY Wills. At the outset, DIY Wills can be seen as an inexpensive option.  However, the legal costs involved to remedy their potential errors, may well exceed the cost of a professionally prepared Will.  Moreover, it might not be possible to […]


Making a Will & our Fees

It is important to make a Will, no matter how old you are. You are ensuring that the people you want to benefit from your estate will inherit it. About a third of people in the UK have made no provision at all for old age, whether through writing a will, contributing to a pension or creating a lasting power of attorney. This is quite worrying. If you die […]


What happens if you die without a Will?

Many people are under the misapprehension that there is no need for them to make a Will as their spouse will inherit everything. However, under the Intestacy Rules, a spouse or civil partner will only inherit the whole estate if the deceased has no children. If the deceased has children then the spouse or civil partner will inherit the deceased’s personal property, the first £250,000 […]


New year, new Will?

More than half of British adults have not made a Will. Of those who have, many have not updated their wills for some time, which is reflected in the soaring number of inheritance disputes heard in the High Court.  It is a task which most of us put off yet it is one of the simplest steps you can take to ensure your family is […]


Marriage, Divorce & Wills

There is a direct impact on your Will when you get married or divorced. Is it true that getting married invalidates an existing Will? When you make a Will there are a number of life events that can impact its validity. One of these is marriage. Under UK law, marriage automatically cancels out a Will made before the date of the marriage, rendering it invalid. […]


The risks involved in making a DIY Will

It is important to make a Will, no matter how old you are, but an increasing number of people are deciding to opt for DIY Wills. At the outset, DIY Wills can be seen as an inexpensive option.  However, the legal costs involved to remedy their potential errors, may well exceed the cost of a professionally prepared Will.  Moreover, it may not be possible to […]


Cohabitation – don’t come a cropper!

Moving in with your partner or buying a house together, when you are not yet married needs a little extra thought before proceeding. From a legal point of view, there are a few things to consider. Living together as a couple before marriage is now quite common, but unmarried couples must appreciate that they are not protected by the law in the same way as […]


The risks involved in making a DIY Will

It is important to make a Will, no matter how old you are, but an increasing number of people are deciding to opt for DIY Wills. At the outset, DIY Wills can be seen as an inexpensive option.  However, the legal costs involved to remedy their potential errors, may well exceed the cost of a professionally prepared Will.  Moreover, it may not be possible to […]