Wills Lawyers Blogs

Blogs on wills and making a will, published by wills and probate lawyers and law firms.

Owning a property abroad will require an update to your will

by Fletcher Day September 25, 2015 Guest legal blogging

Those who own a property in Europe are now able to exercise their freedom regarding who they decide will inherit their asset but if the owner wants to benefit from this they will have to take a look at their own will. The EU Succession laws are seeing a change and this means that it […]

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Transfer on Death Deed Under the Texas Real Property Transfer on Death Act.

by Friscowill August 19, 2015 Estate Planning

The Texas Real Property Transfer on Death Act, found under Chapter 114 of the Texas Estate Code, provides that after September 1st, 2015 the State of Texas will recognize a deed which transfers property upon the death of an individual. This opens new possibilities to Estate Planning which allows an individual to create a deed […]

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Planning Ahead: 5 Steps to Writing Your Will

by Asset Wills April 8, 2015 Wills

Important Things to Consider When Writing Your Will Writing your will is important if you want to have a say in what happens to your property and possessions after your death. Writing your will might seem a little morose but, in reality, we prefer to think of it as an insurance scheme. You don’t buy […]

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Will writing made not-so-easy

by JamesBooker November 27, 2014 Family Law

For many of us, thinking about making a Will smacks of the biggest show of pessimism known to man – because we all believe we are going to live forever so why should we plan for our death. And yet, in the back of most minds will be that little niggle about who would get […]

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Howard Hughes – the billionaire whose handwritten will was contested

by Tim Bishop October 13, 2014 Wills

Howard Hughes was one of America’s most pre-eminent business magnates in the 20th century, having become a Hollywood film producer in the 1920s specialising in big-budget controversial films. He was also a keen aviation enthusiasts, setting many world air speed records and forming the Hughes Aircraft corporation. Throughout his life, Hughes amassed a fortune worth […]

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Challenging a UK Will – a brief guide

by Tim Bishop June 11, 2014 Wills

Your Will says what should happen to the things you leave when you die and is intended to make sure that your wishes as to how these things are dealt with are followed. Increasingly, however, it is possible for Wills to be challenged following death, with a number of high profile cases being reported in […]

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Pre-Death Will & Trust Contests: Should They Be Allowed?

by David Faltz February 20, 2014 Trusts

(US law & generally) Can – and should – a will or trust be challenged before the settlor dies? Different states across the United States respond differently to this question. Conventionally, a will is not operative until death; therefore, it cannot be offered for probate while the testator is still alive. In the past, courts […]

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Art Expert Witness Testifies in Heated Battle over Andy Warhol’s Portrait of Farrah Fawcett

by theexpertinstitute December 11, 2013 Estate Planning

The University of Texas at Austin is suing for their right to possession of an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett, the American actress famous for her role in the television series Charlie’s Angels. The University, Fawcett’s alma mater, alleges that the painting is part of the art collection Fawcett bequeathed to the school before […]

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Lasting Powers of Attorney and Enduring Powers of Attorney.

by EdwardHandsandLewis December 2, 2013 Blawg

By Emma Fuller, Director at Edward Hands and Lewis After Lasting Powers of Attorney or Enduring Powers of Attorney have been made by a Donor (ie the person who has entered into the Lasting Power if Attorney) they can be revoked They can be revoked by the Donor if the Donor still has the mental […]

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Contesting A Will In The UK: What Do You Need To Know?

by Tim Bishop November 28, 2013 Wills

When you make a will, you are deciding what will happen to your assets once you’ve died, but it isn’t always as clear cut as that. In certain situations, UK wills can be challenged or ‘contested’ [contesting a will is also known, especially amongst lawyers, as “contentious probate”]. Here’s a brief guide on who can […]

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7 Essential Principles for a Stellar Career in Trusts and Estates

by Lauren Ray October 28, 2013 Estate Agency

When I was in law school, I knew that I was going to be a trusts and estates attorney.    I had been working for a trusts and estates attorney for a few years prior to going to law school so I knew that this was my destiny.   The reaction I got at school and in […]

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7 Secrets Nursing Homes Don’t Want You to Know

by JBryantLaw October 25, 2013 Blawg

Secret #1: Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores) are avoidable! Secret #2: Nursing home employees may falsify medical records to cover up neglect. Secret #3: Government agencies do not have enough staff or funding to adequately police nursing homes. Secret #4: After a nursing home injury or death, it is important to seek immediate legal consultation. Secret #5: You can find a […]

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The Court of Protection – Open to the public?

by EdwardHandsandLewis October 24, 2013 Blawg

The new president of the Family Division courts has echoed previous plans to make the Court of Protection open to the public. The plans have been talked about for some time now, and it was reported yesterday that the new president Sir James Munby agreed with the plans. The Court of Protection makes important decisions […]

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4 Valid Reasons to Contest a Will

by edralyn September 7, 2013 Family Law

It’s not uncommon for a family member’s last will and testament to go challenged in court, but it’s very uncommon for the challenge to be successful. Often, unhappy heirs or disinherited children will threaten to contest, but once they do even the quickest internet search and realize that the odds are stacked against them, they […]

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The Law Society’s new quality standard for wills and estate administration

by McHale Co Solicitors August 28, 2013 Wills

In early July the Law Society launched its first recognised quality standard for wills and estate administration. The Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS) will open for applications from firms on 31 October 2013.  It is aimed at SRA-regulated practices that offer will drafting, probate and estate administration services. The new standard will give firms […]

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Most Common Problems with Inheritance Claims

by Helen_Wallis August 7, 2013 Wills

Losing some-one close to you is never easy and dealing with the aftermath of their death can be a tough task even when you have professional help. Unfortunately, bereavement can often lead to disagreements among the family or difficulties in dealing with the estate. We run through some of the most common problems which are encountered when […]

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Inheritance in the absence of a will in Spain

by David Lorenzo July 30, 2013 Law

INHERITANCE IN THE ABSENCE OF A WILL IN SPAIN In Spain, when there is no will, the Civil Code determines the principles to respond the question, who inherits? Applying to the various possible situations:  If the deceased was unmarried and had no children, the parents inherit. If there are no parents, the siblings; if there are […]

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Dealing with Probate – What you need to know

by EdwardHandsandLewis July 11, 2013 Blawg

By Emma Fuller We understand that some people are nervous of approaching Solicitors if they need help with Probate as there are concerns of the costs.  However, not everyone charges in the same way. We have several pricing options, which helps families to get the help they need, but gives them the flexibility to choose […]

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Solicitors in Norwich warn residents over door-to-door solicitors

by GordonDean July 11, 2013 Law

It has recently been brought to attention that there has been a great rise in door-to-door solicitors in the UK. This is worrying as there have been multiple cases of individuals paying a significantly larger amount than what they should be paying as fraudsters and unregulated salesmen take advantage of the innocent. Norwich Solicitors Gordon […]

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Importance of Getting a Will

by RyanD July 2, 2013 Wills

Death is inevitable. As morbid as that sounds, every individual should make time to prepare a will. This is a document that the testator prepares so that in the event that they pass on the estate executor can fulfill their wishes as they were spelled out in the will. Property should be allocated to the […]

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Where There Isn’t A Will – There’s A Problem

by Legal Author July 2, 2013 Wills

The old saying goes that “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” However, when it comes to a legal will the lack of this document can mean major problems. Making a will is something that many people don’t like to think about. The end of life isn’t pleasant to contemplate, but a will is vital […]

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£4 billion could potentially be generated for the charity sector if solicitors simply asked those writing a will to leave a donation

by GordonDean June 16, 2013 Private Client

It has been revealed that £4 billion could potentially be generated for the charity sector if solicitors simply asked those writing a will to leave a donation to a charity. The Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team have discovered that when solicitors mentioned the idea of leaving money to charity during the will writing process, the […]

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Civil Partnership and Wills – the facts

by CloseThornton June 13, 2013 Wills

The introduction of the Civil Partnership Act in December 2005 means that, on the death of a civil partner, money and property that is transferred to the surviving partner will be exempt from taxation, as it is for married couples. The amount that can be passed on tax-free to a surviving civil partner in 2013 […]

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What is contentious probate and what does it mean to me?

by EdwardHandsandLewis June 4, 2013 Blawg

Contentious Probate claims are one of the biggest areas of litigation and put simply, are claims challenging the validity of a will when the testator passes away and in some cases, the distribution of the assets in the testator’s estate. The effect of a contested probate claim on beneficiaries and executors cannot be underestimated and […]

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How to Legally Write a Will

by johngary24 May 30, 2013 Wills

When a person dies and does not have an estate or will, their property is divided by probate or estate laws. That’s why it is important to have a will prepared before you die. Having a will prevents the state from dividing your estate or assets in a way that you wouldn’t agree to. Most […]

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