How can you prevent your Will being successfully challenged?

The Times recently reported statistics from Private Client Solicitors, showing that the number of disputes over Wills leading to court cases has risen by more than a third since 2017 and more than doubled over the past decade. Many more cases will never reach the courts as they are resolved by mediation. Although some cases […]

Did you know… marriage automatically revokes a Will?

We recently wrote Wills for a young couple who are scheduled to marry next year. Their Wills are pretty standard – if one of them dies they would like the other to inherit everything, and if they both die or once the second of them dies, they have named a combination of their close relatives […]

Do I need Lasting Powers of Attorney?

Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal process whereby a person (the ‘donor’) with mental capacity, gives authority for trusted people (the ‘attorneys’) to make decisions on their behalf, if and when they lose capacity. Quick answer to the above question: you ‘need’ LPAs in the same way you ‘need’ home insurance. You only […]

How do I know if my willwriter is trustworthy?

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) recently published a report warning against the dangers of using a “cowboy” willwriter, with a large number of STEP members saying they have come across “dishonest, unqualified, and incompetent” willwriters giving bad or misleading advice. Such poor service from rogue willwriters can lead to clients paying for […]

A horror story avoided

(All names have been changed) There are numerous horror stories on the willwriting circuit of cases where Wills have gone wrong, or the lack of Wills or Lasting Powers of Attorney have caused serious problems for families. One horror story that I like to think I helped avert is a case I often think about. […]

Are Lasting Powers of Attorney more important than Wills?

“I think in many ways, a Power of Attorney is more important than a Will,” Martin Lewis When I heard this recently it made me think, as it isn’t a point I’d considered before. But actually, it makes sense. If we die without a proper and competent Will in place, then it increases stress, costs […]

Are ‘deathbed Wills’ still a thing?

While restrictions were in place during the COVID pandemic, it was impossible for professional willwriters to (legally) meet someone who was literally on their deathbed and produce that person’s Will. They could have done it by telephone but the risk of something going wrong in that situation is high. However, now restrictions are lifted, it […]

Should you transfer your house into your children’s names?

Every now and then, a client tells us that they are considering putting their house in their children’s names to avoid care fees. Our response is always the same: we do not recommend it. Councils do not take everything at face value where care is concerned, and if they see that the parent/s are still […]

Do I need a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney?

We recently received an enquiry from a lady wanting to create her Property & Finance Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). Our immediate question was, had she already done her Health & Welfare one? Her response was along the lines of: “I was told I don’t need to do a health one as my family will […]