Undue influence is the act of applying pressure on a person to coerce them, essentially overpowering the individual’s own will. In relation to wills this could be pressuring a person to include certain provisions in their will. This could be through outright threats to the testator, or by more subtle means. As Estate Planning Practitioners…

Every year on New Year’s Day, people across the country, announce their plans for the coming year. Many people create a New Year’s resolution – a pledge or change that they will be making over the coming days, weeks and months. Surveys and stats suggest that many people will have broken their New Year’s Resolution…

What is a Will and why should you write one? A Will is an important legal document in which the Will maker (also known as a testator) can state how they would like their belongings (assets, chattels and property) to be distributed when they are no longer around. The document also gives specified people (called…

Earlier this year the Society of Will Writers through the College of Will Writing its training division, and without any fanfare launched a fully interactive LMS on-line distance learning course, entitled Getting Started – an Introduction to Wills and Estate Planning Certificate Distance Learning Course. Why a residential course when we already have the College…

The exciting but sometimes frustrating world of being self-employed Its been a while since I wrote a piece, thankfully business is good and keeping all the team here in Lincoln out of mischief. I wrote a small piece recently, (yet to be published), which has been well received so I thought I would begin a…

When meeting with a client to take instructions for a Will there are some key considerations whether you are taking instructions in person, by telephone or by other remote methods such as Skype. First and foremost you must carry out an assessment of the client’s capacity to satisfy yourself that they have the requisite capacity…

Losing everything you’ve worked hard for or everything your family have worked hard to accumulate doesn’t bare thinking about, and you should take all reasonable steps to protect your assets. You wouldn’t buy a car without checking the garage’s reputation and credibility so don’t be taken in by a Will Writer or Solicitor either. For…

Ever been caught out by scammers? It seems that nearly everyone knows someone who has been affected by some sort of fraud. I recently heard a retired detective describe fraud as ‘theft with a smile’ which is chilling. I was prompted to write this article after watching Martin Lewis on television this morning. He was…

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…

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