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Safeguard Wills Plan for the future and make sure your loved ones are provided for with our expert Will writing services. Make a Will online, by post, by phone or in person.

American rapper Nate Dogg did not have a Will in place when he died in 2011 from complications due to multiple strokes. ...
01/05/2020

American rapper Nate Dogg did not have a Will in place when he died in 2011 from complications due to multiple strokes. Arguments took place between his family members over who would take charge of his estate. His six children did not want Nate Dogg’s wife and mother to be the executors of his estate. His children believe that they would not give any money to them. Ultimately his wife and mother gave up their battle to avoid further family conflict. This resulted in Nate Dogg’s estate being divided between his six children.

Below are some of the reasons why you may need to review your Will.- Birth of a child or grandchild.- Change of address....
29/04/2020

Below are some of the reasons why you may need to review your Will.
- Birth of a child or grandchild.
- Change of address.
- Change of executor/trustees.
- Marriage or Divorce.
- Receiving an inheritance.
If any of the above had changed since you last reviewed your Will contact Safeguard Wills we will be happy to review this for you.

It is possible for parents with parental responsibility to appoint guardians to look after their minor children after th...
28/04/2020

It is possible for parents with parental responsibility to appoint guardians to look after their minor children after their death. These can be appointed in a Will. Your Will can also contain directions as to how you want the child is to be brought up. For example, a direction may be included that the guardians shall bring up the child as a member of a particular religion or attend a particular school. Make sure your wishes are taken into account. Contact Safeguard Wills.

To die intestate means to die without a valid Will. For a Will to be valid it must satisfy the legal requirement some of...
27/04/2020

To die intestate means to die without a valid Will. For a Will to be valid it must satisfy the legal requirement some of these are as followed.
- Be in writing
- Signed by you.
- Witnessed by two people.
Safeguard Wills can make sure all this is done correctly, get in contact today.

Having a Will can dispose of almost everything a person owns. A person can give away via their Will not only tangible as...
26/04/2020

Having a Will can dispose of almost everything a person owns. A person can give away via their Will not only tangible assets such as land and items of personal use but also intangible items such as contractual rights, benefits and other interests which are capable of being gifted. The only way to make sure your wishes are met is to have an update Will. Contact Safeguard Wills today, we will be happy to help.

Many people know that having a Will is important, but they still choose not to have one. Research show that approximatel...
25/04/2020

Many people know that having a Will is important, but they still choose not to have one. Research show that approximately 60% of UK adults have not made a Will. If you don’t have a will your estate may not go to those who you intended it to go to. Make sure your wishes are met by contacting Safeguard Wills today.

When the Jamaican Musician Bob Marley die from cancer in 1981, he had not created a Will. As a result his family members...
24/04/2020

When the Jamaican Musician Bob Marley die from cancer in 1981, he had not created a Will. As a result his family members fought over his estate for decades after his passing. The issues reportedly started when Rita (Bob Marley’s wife), his lawyer and his accountant tried to create an estate plan after his death. Rita forged Bob Marley’s signature to attempt to access a bigger percentage of his estate. When the plot was uncovered, Rita lost her opportunity to serve as an executor of his estate.

It is important to make a Will for many reasons. -You may want to be sure of who inherits your assets.-Protect yourself ...
23/04/2020

It is important to make a Will for many reasons.
-You may want to be sure of who inherits your assets.
-Protect yourself from Inheritance Tax
-You may want to pass specific items onto children or other relatives.
If you do not make a Will, your estate may be distributed by the state according to intestacy rules. This means your estate is divided in a pre-determined way and this may not be to the people who you wanted to benefit. To make sure your wishes are met contact Safeguard Wills we will be happy to help.

Making a Will if you have an illness or dementiaIf you can’t sign the Will, it can also be signed on your behalf, as lon...
08/04/2020

Making a Will if you have an illness or dementia
If you can’t sign the Will, it can also be signed on your behalf, as long as you’re in the room and it is signed at your direction. However, you must have the mental capacity to make the Will, otherwise it could be invalid. Any Will signed on your behalf must say you understood the contents before it was signed.
You may also need a medical practitioner’s statement at the time the Will is signed, certifying that you understand what you are signing.
Get in contact with Safeguard Wills today to see how we can help.

Mistakes made during the writing of a Will can make it invalid. Common errors include not having the document signed by ...
07/04/2020

Mistakes made during the writing of a Will can make it invalid. Common errors include not having the document signed by witnesses, or asking a witness who is also a beneficiary to sign. Even a stapled or paper clipped Will can nullify its contents.
Safeguard Wills can make sure everything is done correctly for you. Don’t risk a mistake, get in contact today.

Any stepchildren will not automatically inherit assets from a person’s estateUnlike natural, adopted or even illegitimat...
06/04/2020

Any stepchildren will not automatically inherit assets from a person’s estate
Unlike natural, adopted or even illegitimate children, stepchildren have no immediate inheritance rights to their stepfather or mother’s assets unless they are specified in a Will.
Get in contact to see how soon we can get this sorted for you. Safeguard Wills

What happens if I don’t make a Will?If you don’t make a Will, you will die ‘intestate’ and your estate may not go to the...
05/04/2020

What happens if I don’t make a Will?
If you don’t make a Will, you will die ‘intestate’ and your estate may not go to the people you want. There are special rules for how your estate will be distributed these are called intestacy rules.
• If you have a spouse or civil partner and children, your spouse or civil partner will inherit all your personal possessions and at least the first £250,000 of your estate, plus half the rest. Your children will then be entitled to the other half of the balance.
• If you have a spouse or civil partner but don’t have children your spouse or civil partner will inherit your whole estate, including your personal possessions.
• If you and your partner aren’t married or in a civil partnership and you haven’t made a Will, they have no automatic right to inherit from your estate. This applies even if you've lived together for a long time or have children together.
• If you have children and your spouse or partner is deceased your children will inherit everything, divided equally between them.
• If you don’t have a partner or children then parents, brothers, sisters, and nieces and nephews may inherit your estate.

Get in contact today with Safeguard Wills to make sure your Will is written properly and valid.

You should make sure that it’s very clear what you want to happen to your whole estate. • Who you want to benefit from y...
04/04/2020

You should make sure that it’s very clear what you want to happen to your whole estate.
• Who you want to benefit from you Will.
• Whether you wish to give any specific gifts to particular people.
• Where you want any property or money left over to go (after paying funeral and administrative expenses, legacies and taxes).
• What you want to happen if any of your beneficiaries should die before you.
Get in touch today to see how Safeguard Wills can help ensure your wishes are carried out.

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03/04/2020

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There are different types of Wills, including single Wills, ‘mirror’ versions for couples with the same or similar wishe...
03/04/2020

There are different types of Wills, including single Wills, ‘mirror’ versions for couples with the same or similar wishes, and trusts, where wealth is managed by individuals on behalf of a beneficiary. This could be a better way to provide for children or for relatives with mental disabilities for example. Having the wrong type of Will could have repercussions on what happens to your estate and how it is divided when you die.
Make sure you have the right Will in place for you. Safeguard Wills can arrange this for you, contact us today.

The renowned civil rights leader Martin L King never created a Will. In 1993, 25 years after Kings death his family foun...
02/04/2020

The renowned civil rights leader Martin L King never created a Will. In 1993, 25 years after Kings death his family founded a for-profit company to control the licensing and use of Kings image and speeches. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been enough to prevent King’s children from engaging in legal battles. Over the years King’s heirs have reportedly fought and sued each other on a number of occasions for various different reasons. The most recent disputes allegedly centre around whether the family should keep or sell King’s Nobel Peace Prize medal and personal Bible.
Get in contact with Safeguard Wills make sure your wishes are granted.

What happens to my estate if I am divorced but my ex is in my Will?If you get divorced, your existing Will from the marr...
01/04/2020

What happens to my estate if I am divorced but my ex is in my Will?

If you get divorced, your existing Will from the marriage remains valid, but your ex-spouse is now treated as though they were dead. This means some of your estate could fall under the 'rules of intestacy', which come into effect if someone has died without leaving a Will in place.

Make sure you Will is up to date, contact Safeguard Wills, we would love to help.

Partners living together, who are not married or in a civil partnership won’t inherit each others estate or belongings w...
31/03/2020

Partners living together, who are not married or in a civil partnership won’t inherit each others estate or belongings without a Will under the rules of intestacy.

Your partner may be able to (through court proceedings), contest against those who have inherited the estate. This is likely to be against family members and is generally more difficult and costly.

Safeguard Wills can help write your Will so all your wishes are met whatever your personal circumstances might be.

How do I make sure my Will is valid?-It must be in writing, signed by you, and witnessed by two people.-You must have th...
30/03/2020

How do I make sure my Will is valid?
-It must be in writing, signed by you, and witnessed by two people.
-You must have the mental capacity to make the Will and understand the effect it will have.
-You must have made the Will voluntarily and without pressure from anyone else.
-The beginning of the Will should state that it revokes all others.
-If you have an earlier Will, you should destroy it.
Safeguard Wills can assist you with this get in contact to see how we can help.

A will is the only way to make sure your money, property, possessions and investments (known as your estate) go to the p...
27/03/2020

A will is the only way to make sure your money, property, possessions and investments (known as your estate) go to the people and causes you care about.

Get in contact with Safeguard Wills today to see how we can help.

Executors are the people who deal with distributing your estate after you've died. Being an executor can involve a lot o...
26/03/2020

Executors are the people who deal with distributing your estate after you've died. Being an executor can involve a lot of work and responsibility, so consider the people you appoint carefully.

For more information get in touch and see how we can help - Safeguard Wills

Legendary singer and songwriter Barry White didn’t have a Will he died in 2003 after experiencing kidney failure. His se...
25/03/2020

Legendary singer and songwriter Barry White didn’t have a Will he died in 2003 after experiencing kidney failure.
His second wife was allowed to take over his estate, even though White and his wife had been separated years before he died. Things started to get complicated when White’s girlfriend wanted to continue living the lavish life style she shared with White while he was still alive. The two had a house together in Los Angeles where they lived with their daughter Barianna. So the girlfriend decided to sue White’s wife in order to get a portion of his fortune.
After a paternity test proved that Barianna wasn’t White’s daughter after all, the court ruled the girlfriend had no claim to white’s estate.
Get in contact today with Safeguard Wills so your wishes are granted.

When was the last time you checked your Will? Make sure you review and update your Will every 3-5 years or when your cir...
23/03/2020

When was the last time you checked your Will?

Make sure you review and update your Will every 3-5 years or when your circumstances change such as a new child, grandchild or moving house. Never make alterations to the original document.

If you are making a minor amendment to your Will, you can add a supplement, known as a codicil. This must be signed and witnessed in the same way as the Will, although the witnesses don’t have to be the same as the original ones.
If anything substantial needs to be changed, you should make a new Will and cancel your old one.

Is your will up to date? Safeguard Wills can help get in contact today.

Simple seven Steps to writing your Will.1) Value your estate.Note any dependents  who will need to be looked after. 2) D...
22/03/2020

Simple seven Steps to writing your Will.

1) Value your estate.Note any dependents who will need to be looked after.
2) Decide how you want to divide your estate.
3) You may decide to leave a donation to a charity.
4) Choose your executors.
5) Write your will and ensure it is valid.
6) Get you Will signed and witnessed correct.
7) Store your will safely and let those included in it know where.

Safeguard Wills can assist with all the above. Get in touch to see how we can help.

If you have children or dependents, ensure that if you die, you are leaving them in the care of someone who will be able...
21/03/2020

If you have children or dependents, ensure that if you die, you are leaving them in the care of someone who will be able to look after them properly and would raise them how you would like.

A guardian who agrees to look after your children if you die can be appointed in a Will. Otherwise social services could intervene to decide who should care for them if both parents were to die.

Get in contact with Safeguard Wills, to look at your options and give yourself peace of mind in case the worst should happen.

To get an idea of what your estate value by drawing up a list of your assets and debts. Assets tend to include:- Your ho...
20/03/2020

To get an idea of what your estate value by drawing up a list of your assets and debts.

Assets tend to include:
- Your home and any other properties
- Savings or invests
- Insurance such as life assurance or an endowment policies
- Pension funds
- Cars or other motor Vehicles
- Jewellery, antiques and other personal belongings (including pets).

Debts may include:
- Mortgages
- Credit cards
- Loans, overdrafts and equity release.

Get in touch with Safeguard Wills to get assistance in seeing what is included and what your options are.

For a Will to be valid it must be in writing, signed by you, and witnessed by two people. you must have the mental capac...
19/03/2020

For a Will to be valid it must be in writing, signed by you, and witnessed by two people. you must have the mental capacity to make the will and understand the effect it will have. You must have made the will voluntarily and without pressure from anyone. Safeguard Wills will make sure all this is done properly for you so you can rest assured that it is valid.

Did you know that your partner will not always automatically inherit your estate?Upon death, most people would want thei...
18/03/2020

Did you know that your partner will not always automatically inherit your estate?
Upon death, most people would want their other half to be first in line to inherit their estate, but this isn’t automatic or guaranteed if you do not have a valid Will!

Under the rules of intestacy, only married or civil partners and some other close relatives can inherit your estate. Make sure your wishes are taken into account contact Safeguard Wills today.

When there is no will, the rules of intestacy, decided by the government decide how your estate gets distributed.Get in ...
17/03/2020

When there is no will, the rules of intestacy, decided by the government decide how your estate gets distributed.

Get in contact today so that its up to you who gets what when you are no longer around to make that decision - Safeguard Wills

Another Monday Morning! Start the week off right and make sure you have a will in place and up to date so that your wish...
16/03/2020

Another Monday Morning!
Start the week off right and make sure you have a will in place and up to date so that your wishes are taken into account should you die unexpectedly.

Safeguard Wills can help, contact us today.

Independent research reveals that more than two-fifths of those over 55’s have not got round to writing their will yet. ...
15/03/2020

Independent research reveals that more than two-fifths of those over 55’s have not got round to writing their will yet. Don’t let this be you.

Get in contact to see how soon we can get this sorted for you. Safeguard Wills

How would you feel if your partner was forced to move out of your home, or a distant relative had your estate pass into ...
14/03/2020

How would you feel if your partner was forced to move out of your home, or a distant relative had your estate pass into their hands instead of your loved ones? Without a will place, you don't control what happens to your estate.

Get in touch today to see how Safeguard Wills can help ensure your wishes are carried out.

Without a Will in place, the decision of what happens to your estate and guardianship of your children can be taken away...
13/03/2020

Without a Will in place, the decision of what happens to your estate and guardianship of your children can be taken away and the rules of intestacy will come into force, which can leave behind a lot of unnecessary heartache and stress.

Get in contact today, to see how simple it is to write your will. Safeguard Wills

Plan for the future and make sure your loved ones are provided for with our expert Will writing services. Make a Will on...
29/10/2019

Plan for the future and make sure your loved ones are provided for with our expert Will writing services. Make a Will online, by post, by phone or in person.

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There are only two certainties in life – Death and Taxes, our aim is to help you decide how you would like to handle both.

We appreciate that nobody likes to talk about what will happen after we die but writing and leaving a legally correct Will is the only way for your wishes to be followed after your death.

Your will tells everyone what should happen to your dependent children, money, possessions, pets and property after you die (all these things combined are called your ‘estate’).

If you die without a will in place the ‘rules of intestacy’ will apply. This will mean that your estate will be distributed according to a strict order depending on the value of your estate and which family members survive you. This may mean that your assets end up passing to people who you’d prefer not to inherit from you and can often be more stressful, lengthy and expensive process for those you leave behind.

According to research carried out by Royal London Six in ten (59%) parents either do not have a will or have one that is out of date*.

Safeguard Wills can help you with all aspects of will writing including Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), various Trust options, Funeral Planning and Living Wills. Even if you have an existing Will, is yours currently up to date?

Whilst we like to meet all of our clients in person where suitable, we understand this is not always the best option depending on circumstances such as timings and distance, so always offer telephone or video calls, with evening and weekend meetings available too.

Please contact us for a FREE initial consultation to discuss your options and gain that peace of mind.

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