Year: 2021

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Should You Update Your Will for the New Year?

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As we come to the end of another year, many of you may be looking ahead to the new year and wondering about whether changes to your circumstances might mean that you should update your will or look at your estate planning situation. In this article, we’re going to cover off 4 main areas for…
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Our Top 5 Estate Planning Fundamentals

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A lot of people might think that estate planning is an extremely complex process. While it certainly can be – we’d recommend always speaking to a professional! – the fundamentals of estate planning are fairly straightforward. Having a good grasp of these fundamental ideas will help you in your estate planning journey. Thinking about each…
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The Most Common Types of Trusts in the UK Explained

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A trust is a specific kind of legal arrangement that’s often used to manage assets, whether this be money, investments or land. Trusts can be set up for a wide range of reasons, including protecting family assets, helping someone who’s too young to handle their own affairs, or even to pass on money or property…

Who Can Witness A Will In The UK?

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Often when people write a will they spend a lot of time considering who they would like to inherit their assets. It’s just as important, however, to make sure you are following the rules to ensure your will is legally valid. If you do pass away without a valid will your estate could end up…
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How Long Does Probate Take in The UK?

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When a loved one has died, worrying about how long it’ll take to get everything sorted out is a common problem. It’s only natural to want to get everything taken care of quickly at such a stressful time. Unfortunately, probate can sometimes take a while. It’s an understandably complicated process, with lots of legal checks…

Lasting Powers of Attorney: 4 Common Mistakes to Avoid

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When it comes to Lasting Powers of Attorney, it really is important to get yours set up correctly. Not only can mistakes prove costly as there are charges for resubmitting forms and paperwork, if an LPA isn’t properly set up and remains unregistered, it’s not valid. This may leave vulnerable people at risk of not…
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Guidance for LPAs: All About Certificate Providers

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Here at Face to Face Estate Planning, we know that the process of getting a Lasting Power of Attorney can be complicated and difficult; especially when it so often occurs at a difficult stage in people’s lives. That’s why we’ve written before about people to be notified on LPAs, as well as the new “Use…
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Are Wills Confidential?

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It might surprise you to learn that many wills are not kept confidential. We tend to think of wills as private documents, but the truth is that many of our wills are likely to end up as a matter of public record. However, there are a few things you can do to keep some privacy…
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What Not to Do When Planning Your Estate: 4 Common Mistakes

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When it comes to planning your estate, any mistakes can be costly and potentially cause upset at a really difficult time. The whole point of a proper estate plan is to make things as easy as possible for your family, taking as much stress out of the process of organising your affairs when you die…
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What are DIY wills and are they legally valid?

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Most people know they should have a will if they want their estate to be divvied out to the right people when they pass away. But, if you’re still not clued up on why a will is important, take a moment to read through our article; 5 very good reasons you need to write a…