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I have recently got married, why do I need a Will?

19 September 2016

I have recently got married, why do I need a Will?

Getting married means many changes in ones life, and one of these should be the changing or creation of a will. We've compiled the most frequently asked questions by married couples regarding their estate and the relevant changes they may need to make.

Cohabiting Couples

22 August 2016

The Importance of Making Wills

Cohabiting Couples

Under the current laws of England and Wales there is no provision if you die without making a valid Will for a partner. The laws relating to the distribution of the estate where you do not have a valid Will in place is known as the laws of intestacy. The laws of intestacy were first introduced in 1925 and made provision for married couples and children and other family relatives. There was no automatic provisions however this was not surprising due to the year it was enacted.

Corporate Benefit Solution

17 August 2016

Why you should have Will writing services as one of your Employee benefits?

Corporate Benefit Solution

Including an employee Will writing service as part of your benefits package on a flexible or voluntary basis shows that you care about not only your employees, but also their family and loved ones.

Tens of thousands of people pass away in the UK every month without a valid Will in place leaving financial and emotional burden on their family and loved ones.

Lasting Powers of Attorney

12 August 2016

Lasting Powers of Attorney

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a legal document which gives an individual the right to make decisions on your behalf. The chosen person would be known as your ‘attorney’ and you (the ‘donor’) can choose when these powers come into effect.

Advance Directives

05 August 2016

also known as Living Wills

Advance Directives

An Advance Directive, or Living Will as it is often known, is a legal document allowing someone to instruct their medical wishes in the event that they do not have the ability to do so. An Advance Directive cannot be used if you still have the capacity to make your own decisions.


Duties of an Executor

Duties of an Executor

An Executor is the person(s) or organisation appointed to deal with a deceased person’s affairs and has the responsibility of ensuring that the deceased’s wishes are carried out.   Depending on the complexity of your Estate, and wishes, this role can be time consuming and demanding and in a time of grief could be a source of anxiety and stress.  People will often appoint a close relative or friend to represent them however, very few people take into account considerations which may impact on the ability of their chosen representative(s) to carry out the duties of an Executor. 

What is a Trustee?

A guide to Trustee & their duties.

What is a Trustee?

A Trustee is a person or organisation that you appoint to be in charge of your assets that are being held, in Trust, for your chosen beneficiaries. These can include children’s Trusts, a Life Interest Trust or a Discretionary Will Trust among others. When appointing your Trustee(s) it is very important to consider the duties and responsibilities that accompany being a Trustee and whether your appointed person is able to carry out those duties.

Are DIY Wills Legal?

Are DIY Wills Legal?

The idea of doing your Will at home, or paying a small fee to buy a Will Kit to write your own last Will and Testament may seem appealing, but is it too good to be true? Are DIY Wills legal?

Exclusion Clauses

30 June 2016

Exclusion Clauses

When making a Will, there are provisions you can take to exclude any persons from your Estate should you wish to; this is called the Exclusion Clause. Despite this, you should be aware that if you wish to exclude someone from your Will, that such a person may make a claim against your Estate at a future date, resulting in the beneficiaries of the Will receiving less than was originally intended and written in your Will.

Changes to Scottish Succession Law & what they mean to you

24 June 2016

Changes to Scottish Succession Law & what they mean to you

The law in Scotland governing the distribution of an individual’s personal estate has remained largely unchanged since the Succession (Scotland) Act 1964. However, with recent changes made (namely the Succession Bill) it is important to understand the effects of the distribution of your estate, should you die without a Will.

Parental Responsibility and Guardians

17 June 2016

Parental Responsibility and Guardians

Parental Responsibility & Guardians are an important element to consider when drafting your Will; aside from all of your estates, it is critical to consider how to protect those closest to you to ensure they are looked after according to your wishes. At Redstone Wills, we care about covering every necessary basis to protect your children and estate once you’re gone, so we’ve put together a quick guide to Parental Responsibly & appointing a Guardian and areas worth considering.

What is a Life Interest Trust and how can it help you?

09 June 2016

What is a Life Interest Trust and how can it help you?

If you’ve considered who obtains and protects your family home and property when you are gone, a Life Interest Trust is an excellent way to ensure that your property is left in the right hands. Using this trust allows you to specify who owns the rights your property in order to protect your family home and property.

Can your Will be challenged after you’ve gone?

The short answer is Yes.

Can your Will be challenged after you’ve gone?

In England and Wales we have testamentary freedom, however there is legislation in place which permits dependants of the deceased to apply to the court to obtain a reasonable financial provision if a provision has not been made in the deceased’s Will. Basically, if you’re excluding a family member then they could challenge your Will.

August Newsletter 2015

13 August 2015

August Newsletter 2015

Welcome to the first edition of the Redstone Wills Newsletter. There have been a lot of excisting developments within Redstone Wills, Just Wills and its associated companies. We now aim to keep you up to date with regular newsletter.

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