Probate Experts Warn Against Online Wills

The ongoing global pandemic has prompted many to turn their thoughts to their futures and to put plans in place to ensure their personal legal affairs are in order. In December 2020, The Law Society reported that 7% of survey respondents made or updated their will during the first COVID-19 lockdown, with online services experiencing […]

The Importance of Including Digital Assets in Your Will

Following a difficult eighteen months, many of us have reflected on our present circumstances and have felt an increasing importance to protect ourselves and our loved ones for the future. Making and updating a will can bring peace of mind that your possessions and finances are looked after for the long-term, but recent research has […]

When, Why and How Should I Update My Will?

Once written, signed and witnessed, it is easy to forget about your will and put it out of your mind as a job done. In order to avoid heartache and stress for your loved ones after you die however, it is important to keep your will up to date and in line with your wishes. […]

Remote Will Witnessing and the Potential for Disputes

In response to government restrictions enforced as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Justice confirmed a temporary amendment to the Wills Act 1837, enabling witnessing to be undertaken by means of videoconference or other visual transmission. The amendment came at a time when the country was experiencing a huge influx in the […]

Preparing for an Uncertain Future: Pre-Paid Funeral Plans

In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. A year on and official figures reveal that over half a million people have since passed away in the UK. This number comprises over 100,000 excess deaths. And while the death of a loved one can be overwhelming at any time, families […]

Creating a Will Made Easier by New Online Improvements

The past year has provided an opportunity to reflect on our lives and review how we can prepare for the future. Later life planning has increased not only as a means to ensure our own security but to equally provide peace of mind for our loved ones, especially when it comes to making a will. […]

Why Current Funeral Costs are Causing ‘Serious Concerns’

Funerals are always a difficult time, no matter what the circumstances. Covid-19, however, has made the experience even more stressful; emotionally, financially, and in terms of  making all the arrangements. With ongoing lockdown restrictions, these complications are set to continue. There are also growing concerns that some funeral providers are making the situation worse. Increased […]

Including a Funeral in your Later Life Planning

Including a Funeral in your Later Life Planning Arranging your funeral may seem morbid, but it will help to ensure that you and your family have complete peace of mind for what lies ahead. Experienced funeral providers Golden Leaves have revealed interesting evidence about current consumer views on later life planning. Regardless of age, funerals […]

Arranging Your Pre-Paid Funeral Plan

Arranging Your Pre-Paid Funeral Plan Few could have predicted the sheer impact Covid-19 would have on almost every aspect of our lives. Lessons have been learned, such as the importance of making the most of the present, but also the importance of preparing for the future. Planning ahead for our own passing is one vital […]

What You Need to Know About Probate in the UK

Probate in the UK It is a morbid topic, but one worth understanding should you ever find yourself in a position of responsibility following someone’s death. Probate is the process of dealing with a person’s property and possessions (‘estate’), which generally involves clearing any debts, paying any tax due and distributing assets in accordance with their will. […]