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Does Getting Married Invalidate My Will?

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Whether you have already made your Will or are planning to make a Will for the first time, when it comes to getting Married few people are aware that in England and Wales the act of Marriage automatically revokes a Last Will & Testament made prior to the Marriage.

In England & Wales the only exception to this rule is if the Will has been written before the Marriage occurs containing a specific clause that covers the contemplation of your upcoming Marriage.

Professional Executors versus Non-Professional Executors in a Will

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The role of an Executor of a Will is to carry out the instructions and wishes written in a deceased persons Will.

The role of a Trustee is to take care of the managing of any funds from the deceased Estate that were not to be distributed immediately, for example monies held Upon Trust.

How to Register a Death in England & Wales

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When someone dies in England or Wales the death must be registered with the Registrar of Births and Deaths.

If the persons death has been referred to the coroner you will not be able to resister their death until the registrar has received the coroner’s
permission to do so.

Can a UK Will Cover Overseas Properties?

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One of the questions I am often asked by clients is, can a Will made in the UK cover properties they own Overseas / Abroad?

Until now I have always advised clients to make a separate Will in the country their property is located. This is because different countries have different succession laws often known as Forced Heirs Rules.

So the correct Estate Planning advice has always been to make a Will that contains the correct wording, layout and language for the country the property is located in.

Making A Lasting Power of Attorney

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A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you the 'Donor' to nominate someone you trust as an 'Attorney' who will have the power to make decisions on your behalf if you lose the mental capacity to make decisions for yourself in the future.

Types of Lasting Power of Attorney

There are two different types of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).

Inheritance Tax Update 2015

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Death and Taxes

With the General Election just around the corner and the various parties election campaigns now in full swing, one of the topics that keeps cropping up is that of Inheritance Tax and proposed changes to it.

Currently Inheritance Tax is charged on a persons estate at the rate of 40% on anything above the personal exemption threshold of £325,000.

Choosing Executors For Your Will

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Appointing Executors

One of the first things that needs to be decided when making a Will is who you would like to appoint as your Executors.

Executors are the people you choose to carry out the wishes you have for the distribution of your estate, once you die.

Depending on the size of your estate there will be a number of duties that your Executors are required to carry out in order to legally fulfill their obligations.

Types of Power of Attorney

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A Power of Attorney is a legal document created by an individual (Donor) which grants authority to another person (An Attorney) to take care of some or all aspects of their financial affairs and other matters.

There are various types of Powers of Attorney, the purpose of this article is to explain the different types of Power of Attorney in more detail.

Pitfalls of Not Having a Will

 Coffin Question MarkCurrently somewhere in the region of 70% of people in the UK have yet to make a Will.

Its likely that a large proportion of these have at some stage given some thought to Will Writing and then put it to the back of there minds, often feeling that the process of making a Will is both lengthy and complicated.

How to Leave a Legacy in Your Will

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Today we are pleased to welcome guest contributor Drew Davies from Unicef UK, who talks to us about how to leave a legacy to charity in your Will:

If you've been putting off making a Will, you’re in good company. Most people in the UK are busy doing the same, with only 36% of us having written our Wills in 2014, according to the Law Society.

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