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Ministry of Justice extends virtual Will witnessing legislation

on Jan 20, 2022 10:17:07 AM By | Kings Court Trust | Remote Will Writing Will Making Wills COVID-19
The legislation, which was first passed in 2020, that allows for Wills to be witnessed via virtual means in England and Wales due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been extended until January 2024. Though the amendment was originally due to end 31 January 2022, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has deemed it necessary to remain in place, as many continue to isolate.
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A look back at 2021

A year ago, we reflected on one of the most unpredictable and uncertain years in our lifetimes due to the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Looking back, most industry news and headlines directly, or indirectly, mentioned the pandemic and the impact it had on our professional and personal lives.
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Research provides insightful findings about the Will writing industry in 2018

on Aug 21, 2018 3:56:55 PM By | Kings Court Trust | Will Writing Will Making Wills
The ‘Changing family structures: The Will writing industry in 2018’ research paper provides new and insightful findings about the Will writing industry in the UK. It builds on the findings from our first Will writing industry report, ‘A changing landscape: The Will writing industry in 2017’. Both papers provide a general overview of the Will writing industry but this year’s report has a specific focus on changing family structures and the implications for Will writing services.
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Could the rise in number of unmarried couples be linked to increased Will disputes?

The Office of National Statistics has reported that there has been a 33% rise in the number of unmarried couples since 2005.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, during this time there has also been a rise in the problems which result when an unmarried partner dies without a Will. 
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Majority of people unaware of risks posed by DIY Wills

According to a YouGov survey, 96% of people who prepare their own Will say they do not need external advice, with 21% stating that fears over the cost of professional advice prompted them to do it themselves.
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Rise in public awareness sees more LPAs granted

Recent data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by Today’s Wills and Probate has shown the number of lasting powers of attorney (LPAs) granted annually has tripled between 2010 and 2015.
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Rock star or not, everyone needs a Will

The death of David Bowie last month caused a generation to mourn the loss of one of the world's most charismatic musical stars.  The man associated with numerous wild and wacky on-stage personas was perhaps one of the last people you would associate with planning for his death and making sure that his financial situation was left in a highly organised manner.
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Average Cost of Professionally Written Wills Drop

The average cost of a standard Will produced by a solicitor has dropped in the UK, according to IRN Research.  Within the last 12 months, the cost of a professionally produced will has decreased from £124 to £118.
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Regulation of Will Writing Popular Amongst the Public

The public are in favour of Will writing becoming a regulated practice and are hoping the UK government will soon look to implement some form of regulation in the near future, according to the Law Gazette.
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