Will vs Trust

Wills and Trusts can be very useful in estate planning and providing for your loved ones. A Will sets out who you want to benefit from your estate after your death. There are different types of Trust that can be set up, with some taking effect after death, but some that can be created during your lifetime. There are often…

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Digital assets when making a Will

Most people do not include their digital assets when they make a Will, meaning that anything of value will end up being included in the residue of the estate. There is also a risk that some assets will simply be lost if they are not listed or if there is no way for them to be accessed. With the increase…

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A spotlight on: grant of probate

Applying for probate is not always necessary when the deceased is survived by their spouse. After someone dies, a grant of probate is often needed. This is the legal document that gives their executor the right to wind up their estate in accordance with their Will. If the deceased did not leave a Will, then the alternative is a grant…

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The legacy of unmarried couples who don’t write Wills

The number of cohabiting couples in the UK is growing rapidly, having doubled over the last 20 years to circa 3.4million, however, they are leaving behind them a trail of legal challenges – especially when it comes to financial matters after death. When faced with the heart-breaking situation of a partner dying without having left a Will, many people are…

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