At Bequeathed, we (naturally) keep an eye on news and developments which are relevant to our services. Whether it is changes in the law or best practice, or stories which show how people go about organising their affairs, these are things we’re interested in.
In fact, we’re fascinated by them. If it doesn’t sound a bit morbid, we are passionate about wills.
So in this section is a selection of news, news-stories and a few oddments, and our take on them. Some are cautionary tales from the past and the present, and some are clashes between the law and common sense.
Every will tells a story. In the nature of things, it’s a story which is usually tinged with sadness, but which we hope has a clear outcome, without too many twists and turns along the way. But that’s not always the way. The cases we come across – both in the news and in our historical research – often tell quite a different tale. Sometimes, those stories are too good not to share, and sometimes the only way to learn the lessons from a story is to tell it.
There are plenty of things which are often asked about, and we have our views on those too:
and anything else that comes along.
We lap all this kind of thing up. It keeps us focussed on the fact that wills are all about people, and helps us keep our service fresh and relevant.
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That immediately begs two questions: what? and why?
The expected, the unexpected and the downright baffling
To challenge a will you have to have the right amount of interest
No matter how telegenic you are, you can’t make your will by video
Why Shakespeare made a gift of his second-best bed in his will
The status of the deceased’s partner is not always clear if the relationship is not a marriage or civil partnership
A will that is accepted all over the world: what a marvellous idea
The definition of ‘children’ must be precise, so that it’s clear who’s included
Making a new will is simpler than reviving an old one
Disinheriting family is not as easy as you think
Intestacy is on the increase: not a good thing
You may be able to leave your home to your children or grandchildren tax-free
Advance planning is needed to preserve your digital assets
A case showing the importance of making a will correctly
A case from the courts showing that mental illness does not mean lack of testamentary capacity