CAN I BE FORCED OUT OF MY HOUSE?

CAN I BE FORCED OUT OF MY HOUSE?
Brian writes. “Sadly, my partner of 30 years has recently died. We owned our bungalow tenants in common as we both put money in for the deposit when we bought it. Unknown to me, my partner had made a Will, leaving everything to her only daughter. Her daughter has now approached me for her half share of the value of the bungalow. Do I have to sell it and give her the money?” This is a complica...

WHOM SHOULD I APPOINT AS GUARDIANS FOR MY CHILDREN?

WHOM SHOULD I APPOINT AS GUARDIANS FOR MY CHILDREN?
One of the main motivations for parents of young children to write a will, is to ensure their children are brought up by the right people if the worst happens. There are many factors to consider. Losing your parents at any age is difficult, but as a young child it is particularly traumatic, and as such your child would benefit from as little disruption as possible, now and over the coming years...

WHAT IS THE MOST POPULAR MUSIC FOR A FUNERAL?

WHAT IS THE MOST POPULAR MUSIC FOR A FUNERAL?
When writing Wills, it is not unusual to give details of music you would like. Traditionally, this might have been hymns that could have been sung to a piano or organ, but as most people don’t seem to like singing, there has been a move away from live music, to the playing of pre-recorded tracks on a CD or electronic device. The Coop keep details of choices and they advise “My Way” by Frank Si...

WHY SHOULD I CREATE A LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY?

WHY SHOULD I CREATE A LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY?
Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a process whereby a person (the ‘donor’) with mental capacity, gives authority for a trusted person/s (‘attorney/s’) to make decisions on their behalf if and when they lose capacity. There are two types of LPA – financial decisions and health and care decisions. The first allows attorneys to look after your finances, pay household bills, and manage your proper...

New On-line Will Instruction Form

New On-line Will Instruction Form
At Lancaster Wills, we have further enhanced our service to help protect you and our staff during the pandemic. For those customers who want to instruct us to write a Will, but understandably, wish to minimise contact, we have developed a secure online instruction form. The form will enable you to provide the basic information we’d need to create your draft Will(s). It is fairly straight fo...

IS IT ALWAYS RIGHT TO FIGHT A LEGAL CASE WHERE A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER IS DISINHERITED?

IS IT ALWAYS RIGHT TO FIGHT A LEGAL CASE WHERE A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER IS DISINHERITED?
IS IT ALWAYS RIGHT TO FIGHT A LEGAL CASE WHERE A CLOSE FAMILY MEMBER IS DISINHERITED? The Daily Mail reported recently the case of Brian Cole, who committed suicide in August 2013, over 6 years ago. He made an updated Will just 25 days before he died, leaving virtually all his savings to RNLI. This amounted to £268,000. He had previously volunteered as a Lifeboat man. In this Will, he left just ...

SHOULD I CHANGE MY WILL IF MY PARTNER GOES INTO CARE?

SHOULD I CHANGE MY WILL IF MY PARTNER GOES INTO CARE?
SHOULD I CHANGE MY WILL IF MY PARTNER GOES INTO CARE? Many of us have simple “Mirror Wills” and a jointly owned house, and maybe if we are lucky some savings. What should I do if my partner starts to lose mental capacity, should I still leave them everything? While it makes fine sense if they are well, the situation can quickly start to change, if they suffer with Alzheimer’s or other disabling ...

CAN I MAKE A WILL DURING LOCKDOWN?

CAN I MAKE A WILL DURING LOCKDOWN?
CAN I MAKE A WILL DURING LOCKDOWN? Many readers will be asking, is it possible to write a Will in the current situation with the Coronavirus? Well it is a good question to ask, and there isn’t a simple answer. Some solicitors have reported an increase in demand for Wills in recent months. This could be due to people ill with the virus, wanting to put their affairs in order. We sometimes he...

Should I mention my dog in my Will?

Should I mention my dog in my Will?
Should I mention my dog in my Will? Reading in a popular paper recently, it explained a sad situation, where an old person had died, with no close family, but a dog. Sadly, the police had entered the house, presumably on advice of the neighbours, and found the occupant dead, with the dog at their side. They dealt with the body, and took the dog to an animal home, who then re-homed the anim...

Can I still make a Will after Lockdown?

Can I still make a Will after Lockdown? Many readers will be asking, is it possible to write a Will in the current situation with the Coronavirus? Well it is a good question to ask, and there isn’t a simple answer. Some solicitors have reported an increase in demand for Wills in recent months. This could be due to people ill with the virus, wanting to put their affairs in order. We sometime...