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Funeral wishes for those that wish to leave specific instructions such as cremation or burial and whether flowers or don...
28/09/2020

Funeral wishes for those that wish to leave specific instructions such as cremation or burial and whether flowers or donations are to be given. These wishes can be outlined in your Will. Alternatively why not talk to Safeguard Wills about a funeral plan so all this is taken care of to give you and your family piece of mind

A ‘Property & Affairs’ lasting power of attorney(LPA). This covers decisions about the donors financial affairs and thei...
26/09/2020

A ‘Property & Affairs’ lasting power of attorney(LPA). This covers decisions about the donors financial affairs and their property. Some of the things this includes are
- Buying or selling property.
- Operating the donors bank accounts.
- Dealing with the donors tax affairs.
- Insure, maintain and repair the donors property.
- Pay your mortgage or rent.
If you need more information contact Safeguard Wills we will be happy to explain in more detail.

Although frontman of Nirvana Kurt Cobain did leave a Will when he died April 1994 his entertainment lawyer Rosemary Carr...
24/09/2020

Although frontman of Nirvana Kurt Cobain did leave a Will when he died April 1994 his entertainment lawyer Rosemary Carroll, has stated that prior to his death Cobain wanted Courtney Love removed from his Will. He informed Carroll that he planned to divorce her. This and other legal issues relating to Nirvana have led to legal battles between Love and Cobain’s Nirvana bandmates, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.

Where to keep your Will? It is acceptable to keep your Will at home, although it is advisable to deposit your Will in a ...
22/09/2020

Where to keep your Will? It is acceptable to keep your Will at home, although it is advisable to deposit your Will in a secure deposit. Safeguard Wills can also advise you on storing your Will and offer safe, cost effective storage. Whatever you decide it is important that you inform your executors about the storage of your Will.

Did you know? Wills are considered out of date if older the four years so make sure you review your Will regularly. Make...
18/09/2020

Did you know? Wills are considered out of date if older the four years so make sure you review your Will regularly. Make sure your wishes are taken into account no matter what your personal circumstances are. Safeguard Wills will be happy to help.

When the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso died in April 1973, he left no Will. His heirs that comprised of wives, mistresse...
16/09/2020

When the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso died in April 1973, he left no Will. His heirs that comprised of wives, mistresses, legitimate children, and illegitimate children were left to try and figure things out in the court system. His son Claude Picasso was given the job and is currently the legal administrator of Picasso’s estate

Your Will becomes a legally valid and binding document as soon as it has been signed correctly. Your signature must be w...
14/09/2020

Your Will becomes a legally valid and binding document as soon as it has been signed correctly. Your signature must be witnessed by two people who must be present with you as you sign. For more information contact Safeguard Wills we will be happy to help.

Is your Will as tax effective as it could be? You should consider reviewing your arrangements to make sure you are makin...
12/09/2020

Is your Will as tax effective as it could be? You should consider reviewing your arrangements to make sure you are making full use of your nil rate band. Potentially saving your family thousands of pounds. Contact Safeguard Wills we will be happy to assist you in making sure you Will is as tax effective as it can be.

Wills are not just for the elderly or wealthy. Do you have children or grandchildren?Would you like to leave a specific ...
10/09/2020

Wills are not just for the elderly or wealthy.
Do you have children or grandchildren?
Would you like to leave a specific gift to someone?
Have you had a dispute with and family members?
Do you have any specific requests for your funeral?
Do you have any pets?
If you answered yes to any of these question then you should have an up to date Will. Safeguard Wills will be happy to hep with this contact us today to see how we can help make sure your wishes are met.

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, left no Will when she died in August 2018. According to American newspapers her four...
08/09/2020

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, left no Will when she died in August 2018. According to American newspapers her four sons filed a document at the Oakland Country Probate Court, calling themselves interested parties concerning her massive estate. Her decision to leave no Will may have song collaborator or distant relatives fighting for a piece of her estate.

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a document that gives a person or people know as the attorney’s power to make decis...
06/09/2020

A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a document that gives a person or people know as the attorney’s power to make decisions on behalf of another person (the donor). An LPA is made when the donor has mental capacity, in preparation for if they lose their capacity. Contact Safeguard Wills for more information.

Below are some of the reasons why you may need to review your Will.- Birth of a child or grandchild.- Change of address....
04/09/2020

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...
02/09/2020

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...
30/08/2020

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.
@SGW can make sure all this is done correctly, get in contact today.

Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono was an American singer-songwriter, producer, actor and politician he died in 1998 from a ...
28/08/2020

Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono was an American singer-songwriter, producer, actor and politician he died in 1998 from a skiing accident. Why he died without a will is something we'll never know. Instead of staying at home to grieve, his widow Mary Bono headed to the courthouse to be appointed the estate's administrator. Ex-wife Cher showed up on the scene as a claimant in Bono's estate. A “love child” surfaced soon thereafter making the situation even more difficult. Later DNA tests proved that the child was not Sonny’s. His estate was divided between his widow Mary and his two children.

Having a Will can dispose of almost everything a person owns. A person can give away via their Will not only tangible as...
25/08/2020

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...
22/08/2020

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.

It is important to make a Will for many reasons. -You may want to be sure of who inherits your assets.-Protect yourself ...
19/08/2020

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.

The legendary musician Jimi Hendrix died in 1970. The battle over his estate raged on for more than 30 years for one sim...
17/08/2020

The legendary musician Jimi Hendrix died in 1970. The battle over his estate raged on for more than 30 years for one simple reason. Jimi Hendrix left no Will regarding distribution of his estate. To complicate matters, the estates of musicians and other artists often continue to generate money long after their deaths.

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...
14/08/2020

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.

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14/08/2020

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Mistakes made during the writing of a Will can make it invalid. Common errors include not having the document signed by ...
11/08/2020

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...
09/08/2020

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

Swedish author Stieg Larsson who wrote The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo among others, died in 2004. Like many others, Lar...
06/08/2020

Swedish author Stieg Larsson who wrote The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo among others, died in 2004. Like many others, Larsson died without a will and Swedish law dictated that Larsson's estate was to be divided up between his father and his brother. His lifelong partner of 32 years, Eva Gabrielsson, received nothing, although the family did grant her ownership of the couple's apartment.

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...
03/08/2020

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...
29/07/2020

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.

There are different types of Wills, including single Wills, ‘mirror’ versions for couples with the same or similar wishe...
26/07/2020

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.

American rapper Nate Dogg did not have a Will in place when he died in 2011 from complications due to multiple strokes. ...
23/07/2020

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.

Fantastic photoshoot featuring puppy Poppy, by the highly talented Steve Thewis at Studio Infinity, wearing none other t...
23/07/2020

Fantastic photoshoot featuring puppy Poppy, by the highly talented Steve Thewis at Studio Infinity, wearing none other than the polo shirts made by Lorraine Caplan at Millpress Print. Thank you both!

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22/07/2020

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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...
20/07/2020

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 be happy to help.

Partners living together, who are not married or in a civil partnership won’t inherit each othersestate or belongings wi...
17/07/2020

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 ...
14/07/2020

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...
11/07/2020

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.

When the Jamaican Musician Bob Marley died from cancer in 1981, he had not created a Will. As a result his family member...
08/07/2020

When the Jamaican Musician Bob Marley died 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.

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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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