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Inheritance disputes continue to rise – Is ‘modern life’ to blame?

Disputes over inheritance have soared in recent years, with the number of cases reaching the England and Wales High Court increasing dramatically during the last decade. According to Direct Line Life Insurance, 12.6 million British adults would be prepared to dispute a Will and go to court if they disagreed with the division of their relative’s estate.
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Four celebrities who left behind important lessons about Wills

It’s no secret that mistakes, misconceptions and unfortunate circumstances occur when people make (or fail to make) arrangements for their estate. However, these errors become amplified when they are made by famous people. As human beings, we are curious by nature and our curiosity often piques when we get a glimpse into the lives of individuals with assets most of us can only dream of and the public battles that may ensue among the deceased’s heirs. Regardless of value and status, there are notable lessons that celebrity deaths have taught us about planning our legacy. Let’s take a look at four celebrities that have passed away, leaving behind lessons we can all learn from.  
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Civil partnership or marriage? Mixed-sex couples now have the choice

It’s now official – heterosexual couples in England and Wales can formalise their relationship with a civil partnership rather than marriage. Civil partnerships were first introduced through the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 and was only available to same-sex couples . As of the 31st of December 2019, mixed-sex couples have been able to form this union. The amendment to the Act was made as a result of a Supreme Court ruling which confirmed that the Civil Partnerships Act 2004 was incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.
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Why George Michael’s Will may leave your clients with questions

The importance of creating a valid Will has been a popular topic of conversation recently. After details of George Michael’s Will came to light, some popular TV and radio shows including Loose Women, This Morning and The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, took the opportunity to discuss the topic.
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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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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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How to Manage your Estate in the Digital Age

With an ever increasing amount of our lives spent and documented online, it is perhaps unsurprising that many companies now offer services that allow you to manage your digital assets, even after you have died. This can include everything from a service that saves all of your passwords in one place, to a system that will send messages to your loved ones after you have passed away.
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