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Judge rules to uphold deathbed Will

Judge rules to uphold deathbed Will

The England & Wales High Court has upheld a Will executed on his deathbed by a man who left everything to his long-term partner. Lee Foster, Director and Will Dispute specialist said, “The law provides individuals with wide discretion on how their estate should be distributed on their death; although there are specific circumstances under which this discretion can be challenged”.

Legacy gifts remain vital to charity income

Legacy gifts remain vital to charity income

The charitable sector has been hit particularly hard in recent months, with statistics released by Pro Bono Economics showing that one in 10 charities in the UK is likely to be bankrupt by the end of the year. With increased demand for services and limited fundraising capabilities, the sector is struggling to fill the £10bn shortfall required to keep it afloat.
Putting your affairs in order- what exactly does this mean?

Putting your affairs in order- what exactly does this mean?

The phrase ‘putting your affairs in order’ is quite commonly used, but what exactly does this process entail? We’ve written this blog to help explain in detail what may be involved in the process and we also highlight some of the key things you will need to consider along the way.

Wills - The importance of getting it right

Wills - The importance of getting it right

The Coronavirus has affected everyone in many different ways, but one thing is for sure, it has provided a reminder to many of us about the importance of having our personal affairs in order. For most people this process starts by writing a Will.

Intestacy: What Happens if I Don't Have a Will?

Intestacy: What Happens if I Don't Have a Will?

We are getting a lot of questions from clients around this topic at the moment, so we thought that an article outlining the intestacy rules would help to guide you.

Producing a valid Will whilst social distancing

Producing a valid Will whilst social distancing

The last few weeks have forced us all to change the way that we live our lives. From working, to schooling, to socialising and even shopping – we have had to adapt. There is no doubt that technology has played a big part in allowing us to adapt and indeed stay somewhat connected to the loved ones that we cannot meet in person.

Time to Have That Talk

Time to Have That Talk

You might feel uncomfortable about raising the subject of wills, but it is much easier when everything is discussed in a frank and friendly manner.

New service for identifying charitable bequests

New service for identifying charitable bequests

A new system alerting charities to when they have been left money in wills is to be established by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) following a decision to end its current arrangement.

Don’t forget your digital legacy

When we think about what we leave behind when we die, the majority of us take an approach that gives little regard to the vast amount of digital assets we hold.

Online Life = Digital Legacy

Online Life = Digital Legacy

We all increasingly live our lives online whether it be through various social media profiles to paperless billing for your gas and electricity account. When you’re in control, there’s no denying it makes life simple and even if you lose or forget your password, a link will be sent to your email account and within seconds you’re back in control.

The steps cohabiting couples should take when drawing up a will

The steps cohabiting couples should take when drawing up a will

There’s no denying the huge steps forward seen in creating equality for same-sex couples in the UK during the 21st Century, first with the Civil Partnership Act 2004 and then the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013. However, as heterosexual couples have marriage as the only option open to them to make their relationship formal, there have been suggestions of a new inequality having now been created. A legal challenge by mixed-sex couple Rebecca Steinfield and Charles Keidan to be able to enter into a civil partnership instead of a marriage was unsuccessful earlier this year, meaning it’s unlikely the situation will change for heterosexual couples in the near future.

Wills and Planning for the Inevitable

Wills and Planning for the Inevitable

Research just published underlines how ill-prepared most people are in terms of their end of life planning.

The Jones Family: Family Wills Bundle

The Jones Family: Family Wills Bundle

Wills for everyone in the family can be expensive. Read about our exclusive Family Wills Bundle offer, easily explained by the Jones family, here!

The ‘cost of dying’ is now racing ahead of the rate of inflation

The ‘cost of dying’ is now racing ahead of the rate of inflation

Recent research has revealed that the cost of dying is now the fastest rising fixed cost in the UK, ahead of costs of living including rent, utilities and food.

What Happens if I Don't Have a Will?

What Happens if I Don't Have a Will?

What’s the worst that could happen if you don’t have a Will? Our expert Wills solicitors have explain what can happen, in simple terms in our guide.

When should a person’s dying wishes be ignored?

When should a person’s dying wishes be ignored?

A disputed will has recently been sent to the Court of Appeal to determine whether an estranged daughter is entitled to money from her mother’s estate.

Why Should I Use A Solicitor To Make A Will?

Why Should I Use A Solicitor To Make A Will?

There are lots of quick and cheap ways to write a will, so why do people use legal professionals? Open the infographic to find out why...

Ashgate Hospicecare 'Make a Will Month' gets Underway

Ashgate Hospicecare 'Make a Will Month' gets Underway

As a regular supporter of Ashgate Hospicecare, Banner Jones are delighted to be supporting this years ‘Make a Will Month’ campaign.
Lasting Power of Attorney – The Facts

Lasting Power of Attorney – The Facts

We all know that we should write a Will, but too few of us know about and recognise the need for something called a Lasting Power of Attorney or LPA.

Forty One Million Wills now available online

Forty One Million Wills now available online

The wills of Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Alan Turing and Beatrix Potter are among millions which have been made accessible to the public through a searchable online database.