Ready for all the information you need to know about writing your Will?  This article has been written by the Society of Will Writers (SWW). The Society of Will Writers is a non-profit making self-regulatory organisation which seeks to protect the public and serve the interests of those men and women who are active professionals…

Since 1994, The Society of Will Writers has been growing to form a network of over 1,700 Professional Estate Planners in the UK, and even further afield in places such as central Europe and Asia making us a truly international organisation. No longer are solicitors your only option when writing a Will. In fact, a…

We recommend that people review their wills regularly to make sure they are still up to date and match their wishes and circumstances. We advise reviewing your planning every 3-5 years or on any major life events such as marriage, separation, birth of children, or death of a beneficiary or executor. So, you’ve reviewed your…

Most people collect a lot of ‘stuff’ over the course of their lives. Some valuable in real monetary terms, and some valuable from a sentimental perspective. Much of these personal possessions fall under the definition of ‘personal chattels’. Personal chattels are defined by s55(1)(x) of the Administration of Estates 1925 as amended by the Inheritance…

If your thinking “its about time I wrote my Will”, read on. And if your thinking, as do the majority, “why should I, there is always tomorrow” then you definitely need to read on. What are your options when making a Will? DIY – it is a fact that more Wills fail or are challenged…

Ken down the pub doesn’t need a will, and neither do you he says. Here’s why: You like the idea of intestacy You’re perfectly happy to leave someone else to decide who will benefit on your death. You like the inflexibility of the intestacy rules. If you are unmarried your partner cannot benefit under these…

Avoid intestacy If you die without making a Will, known as dying intestate, then your assets will be distributed according to the rules of intestacy. This will mean that the people you would like to receive your estate may not necessarily inherit it. Appoint executors Executors are the people you choose to carry out your…

Very rare is anything in life free. Those things that are free often have no perceived value and where something is provided for free the cost is often absorbed somewhere else (meaning you still pay for it), or it is free because the provider has an ulterior motive. Examples of where something is perceived to…

2018 started with a bang, actually a few of them as fireworks lit up the skies around the world. Since New Year’s Day the time seems to have flown by and the team here at the SWW HQ are wondering how many people have already forgotten to keep their New Year’s Resolution. Whether or not…

Becoming a Will Writer or Estate Planning Consultant can be an incredibly rewarding role. As well as providing important legal documents for your clients you are also providing them with peace of mind that their wishes have been recorded and will be carried out after they pass away. The idea of running your own business…