WHY YOU MIGHT MAKE CHARITABLE GIFTS IN YOUR WILL?

WHY YOU MIGHT MAKE CHARITABLE GIFTS IN YOUR WILL?
From experience writing Wills I have found two types of situation where people might want to benefit a charity in their Will. I have detailed these below: 1) People with little or no family. We all know someone, with no child, perhaps, who has never married. They may have little contact with any family member. Often, they will know of family members. These may be cousins or nephews or nieces, h...

THINKING OF WRITING A WILL, PLEASE DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE!

THINKING OF WRITING A WILL, PLEASE DON’T LEAVE IT TOO LATE!
Making a Will is best done with full mental capacity, when in good health. We have all seen films where people make a Will when very old or ill, often on their death bed, but that is Hollywood not Kendal. The idea that you leave making a Will, until you are old, with poor life expectancy isn’t very wise. There are some problems with this. Firstly, you could die unexpectedly in an accident. Seco...

WHY WOULD YOU BUY YOUR FUNERAL PLAN BEFORE YOU DIE?

WHY WOULD YOU BUY YOUR FUNERAL PLAN BEFORE YOU DIE?
This is a good question. Below I have given five of the reasons: 1) You get to decide yourself exactly what you want by giving your instructions. 2) Funerals tend to be cheaper when bought before the time of need. 3) You save your family having to pay. 4) If you have any unusual requests these can be sorted out in advance. 5) You have peace of mind everything will be sorted out without any ...

IF I HAVE AN ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY, DO I NEED TO TAKE OUT LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY?

IF I HAVE AN ENDURING POWER OF ATTORNEY, DO I NEED TO TAKE OUT LASTING POWERS OF ATTORNEY?
This is a question people often ask. It might help to consider the history of these documents and what they do. Enduring Powers of Attorney’s have been around for a long time. They are a legal document giving your Attorneys the power to deal with your affairs if you lose mental capacity. They deal with matters such as the sale of property and making investments. They can only be used, when a pe...

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 ...