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Free will writing services in the UK: how to get a will for free

Find out how to get a free last will and testament. We list all the options, from free will writing services to free templates. More Info

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An overview of probate

A step by step guide to probate for people who want to administer the estate of a friend or family member themselves. More Info

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The role and responsibilities of the executors of a will

This article explains what executors of a last will and testament have to do, who can be one, and how they are appointed. More Info

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After a death: what to do when a friend or family member dies

Find out what to do when a family member or friend dies. We explain how to register the death, secure the belongings of the deceased, locate the will and start the process of probate. More Info

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Obtaining the forms you need to apply for probate

Find out whether you need to apply for probate, and if so, where to obtain copies of the forms required. More Info

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How to carry out an inventory of an estate as part of the probate process

A guide as to how to make an inventory of an estate as part of the probate process in order to ascertain who receives which assets under a last will and testament. More Info

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Assessing whether inheritance tax is due

A guide as to how to work out whether inheritance tax (IHT) is payable on the estate of someone who has recently died. More Info

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Applying for a grant of probate

A guide as to how to apply for a grant of probate if you are the executor of a last will and testament. More Info

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Distributing an estate and the rules on intestacy

We explain how to distribute the estate left in a last will and testament, and the rules on intestacy where there was no will or it was invalid. More Info

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Keeping your will safe - where to store it

Find out the best place to store your last will and testament and where you shouldn't keep it. More Info

Creating property & asset protection trusts in your will

Find out what protection trusts are, why creating them is a popular feature of a will, and the disadvantages to using them. More Info

Planning for elderly care and end of life

Read why we should all plan for old age or accidents by making a will and lasting power of attorney documents. More Info

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How to sign a will

The process of signing a will is often one that fills a will maker with dread. In reality, it is quite simple. This article explains what you should and shouldn't do. More Info

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Trusts: the IHT nil rate band, discretionary trusts and the 2-year concession

This article discusses using trusts in your will: simple ways to maximise the benefit of the IHT nil rate band to avoid paying more inheritance tax than you need, using a discretionary trust for simple tax planning and use of the 2-year concession. More Info

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Choosing executors, trustees and guardians

Who you choose as your executors, trustees and guardians governs whether how closely your wishes are followed and how efficiently your estate is managed. This article describes how to choose them, and how to make their task easier to carry out. More Info

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Why make a will?

This article explains the importance of making a will, and what could happen to your estate if you don't. A will isn't just made to minimise inheritance tax. More Info

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Terms in a will: making sense of the words

Wills are one area of the law where legal jargon cannot be avoided. This is a guide to what the words mean, and how to complete terms in a will correctly. More Info

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Revoking a will

This article covers how to revoke your will and under what circumstances you will is cancelled automatically. More Info

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The effect of marriage and divorce on your will

Marriage and divorce both affect your will, but in different ways. This article explains in which circumstances your will is cancelled and how to make sure that you wishes will be carried out at your death. More Info

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Donating your organs and body

This article explains how to donate your body or specific organs when you die. More Info

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Trustees: their role and powers

This article explains the role of trustees in operating a will trust, and the powers that they might have. More Info

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Will trusts

This article explains what a will trust is, how one is created and why one might be used. More Info

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Providing for your children in your will

This article explains how best to provide for your children when you die. It specifically discusses covers appointing guardians and placing assets in trust. More Info

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Mirror wills and mutual wills

A mirror will may not be the best choice for you. This article discusses why you shouldn't make a mirror will (or any mutual will) and what you could do instead. More Info

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Leaving your business in your will

Your business may be one of the most valuable assets in your will. This article discusses how to choose to whom you gift it and options for separating control from financial benefit. More Info

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Which will? Where to start when making a will

Find out which will template is most suitable for your circumstances. This guide explains in straightforward terms the differences between Net Lawman wills, so that you can make the right choice. More Info

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Sorting the structure of your will

This article discusses where to start when writing a will and explains the structure of most wills. More Info

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What can I leave in my will?

This article describes what forms your estate on death, and consequently which possessions or assets you can leave to friends and family. It also covers assets that you cannot leave. More Info

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Living wills explained

This article discusses living wills, also known as advance healthcare directives. It explains what a living will is, when you might want to create one, how to do so, and what yours might contain. More Info

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Keeping an inheritance in the family

One of the main reasons to write a will is to control who receives your wealth and your possessions after your death. Most often, people want their blood relations to benefit the most, and for the gift to be passed on down generations of their family. Without planning, you may not achieve this goal, even if your will when you write it seems to do what you intend. This article provides advice on how to ensure that the people you want to benefit in your will do so. More Info

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Life interests, debts and taxes

This article discusses life interests: how to create them and why you might do so, and how to deal with debts and payment of inheritance tax in your will. More Info

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Contesting a will

This article describes how to contest a will using a deed of variation (also known as a family arrangement). More Info

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