Your chance to get a cost effective Will and help charity

Will AidMost people know that they really should have a Will, but many of us don’t get around to ticking the task off our to do list. November brings the return of Will Aid and the perfect opportunity to take care of a job which is so easy to put off. Will Aid gives you the ideal chance to have your Will drawn up by a local solicitor, who will waive their fee in return for a donation to charity. The suggested donation is £95 for a single Will and £150 for a pair of ...

Will Aid is here again, have you made yours?

Why should you make a will?Research from Unbiased.co.uk has found that a staggering 30 million people in the UK do not have a will. Most of us know we should have a will but not all of us know the consequences of not having a will. Apart from making it easier for our dependents and family when we die a will can also be used to help reduce any Inheritance Tax payable on death. Making a will though really is one of those things most of us ...

Inheritances to climb as baby boomers pass wealth on

The amount that of money which will pass to their children will rise fivefold as baby boomers start to pass on their wealth. A new report from HSBC, called ‘The Age of Inheritance’, shows that in the years to 2050 the amount of money left by baby boomers will rise significantly. Much of the increased estate size is down to the housing boom of the late 20th century, however the report also concludes that this is unlikely to be repeated and as a result estate sizes will fall in the following 15 years to 2065. The report suggests that estate sizes will ...

Warning over unregulated Will writers

The Legal Ombudsman has issued a report warning of the dangers of unregulated firms providing ‘legal’ services. In his first report, Adam Sampson, Chief Ombudsman for England and Wales said property conveyancing, family law and wills made up the majority of complaints he saw. The Legal Ombudsman was appointed in October 2010 but can only act when a complaint is made about a qualified lawyer; it is therefore powerless to act when the complaint is made about unregulated firms providing ‘legal’ services to consumers. Consumer groups such as Which? and the law Society have called for greater protection for people who use such ...