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Canadian Legal Wills Blog - April 30, 2017 RSS Feed

Preparing a Last Will and Testament – top ten reasons why you need one now.

There have probably been a number of situations in your life when you have thought, “I should be preparing a Last Will and Testament.” And for some reason or another you have never actually taken the steps needed to update or create your Will. Don’t feel too embarrassed, because you are certainly not alone. In 2016 […]

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Write a Will in Canada: the complete guide to our Canadian Legal Wills

Learn to write a Will at LegalWills.ca An increasing number of Canadians are turning to services like the one at LegalWills.ca to write a Will. But every day we received requests from our customers to clarify a term, or clause in their Will. Usually this request comes with an apology for their lack of understanding, and […]

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Why not have “Making a Will” your New Year’s Resolution?

It is that time of year again. The time when we all make New Year’s Resolutions for things that we know we really ought to do, but never quite get around to. We all know the popular ones. Go to the gym, lose weight, spend more time with our family. However, there is one New […]

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When you die, what happens to your Facebook and social accounts?

What Happens to Your Facebook Account When You Die? When we are making a Will, we know that we must think about our personal assets such as our house, money and possessions. However, have you ever stopped to think about what would happen to your social media accounts? Facebook has almost 1.8 billion users. You […]

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Why do most people avoid making a Will?

Why Do Most People Avoid Making a Will? Why do most people avoid making a Will? Recent headlines suggest that people can avoid paying taxes for a considerable period. You just have to know your way around the system. However, none of us can cheat death forever. “In this world nothing can be said to […]

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Using an Estate planning lawyer? Here’s some questions to ask…

Wondering whether our service is right for you? considering using an estate planning lawyer? We know that 62 percent of Canadians don’t have a Will in place. A further 12 percent have a Will, but it’s out of date. Even with that harrowing stat, the legal community still try to warn people against preparing their […]

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Guardian for your children – How to name a guardian in your Will.

How to Choose a Guardian for Your Children One of the most important things which you need to consider when you are making your Will is how to choose a guardian. They will take care of your minor children in the event of your death. This really isn’t something that anyone ever wants to think […]

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The Free Will Kit – why they are not such a great idea

There are two types of people who comment on our pricing, those who have previously used a lawyer, and those who are considering the use of a free Will kit. The first group usually say; “Wow, I was quoted $800 to write my Will, and your service is less than $40. How can your service […]

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The Affidavit of Execution and signing your Will. What makes a Will legal?

One of the most common misconceptions associated with writing your own Will is around the signing process. We answer this question ten times a day, so I thought I would provide some explanation. Many of you may have heard of an Affidavit of Execution, but you may be unsure of what it is, and what […]

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Your Executor – the most important appointment of your life

A key question that many people struggle with is: Who will be your executor in your Last Will and Testament? Okay, who or what exactly is your Executor? First of all, it is important to know the definition of an executor and what role they play in your last will and testament. It is your executor’s responsibility to handle […]

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U.S. Legal Wills Blog - April 30, 2017 RSS Feed

Planned giving: the state of charitable bequests in the US

“A note on Privacy: the protection and security of the documents created on our web site are of critical importance. In particular, we cannot access any information contained in a specific Will, nor can we read a person’s Will. However, we are able to access aggregated data on planned giving from an encrypted database folder […]

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Why you need a Will – and why your excuses make no sense.

It seems that the subject of making a Will is something that most people simply want to avoid as much as possible. Every survey ever done about the topic shows that the majority of adult Americans have not made a Will. We just avoid the subject and dig our heads in the sand. But you […]

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Notorious Wills of the Rich and Famous

The lifestyles of the rich and famous are endlessly fascinating. Sometimes they become even more fascinating when they are no longer with us. You would think that the privileged among us would have it all sorted out when it comes to estate planning and wills. However, as you will see from these notorious cases, all […]

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Choose a Guardian for your children – Your Last Will and Testament

One of the most important questions that you must ask yourself when you are making a Last Will and Testament is how to choose a guardian for your children. None of us ever want to think that we won’t be around to care for our children until they are adults. However, sometimes that becomes a reality. […]

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The Free Last Will and Testament service – not all it seems

How much should you be paying for a Will? Why should you pay anything when just a few clicks away, you can find a free Last Will and Testament service? How can the exact same document cost $800 from an attorney, and absolutely nothing from a website? how do you choose how much to pay […]

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Pets in a Will – how do you make sure that your pets are cared for?

Should You Make Provision for Your Pets in a Will? We have all seen the stories of eccentric millionaires who leave their fortune to their pets in a Will. Their relatives are cut out of the Will, but Fido receives a very generous legacy. But it’s not as easy as you may think to leave something to […]

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How to write a Will – key steps to successfully writing your Will

Do you want to know how to write a Will? Even though writing a Will is one of the most important things that everyone ought to do, most of us are very good at avoiding the issue. Most people put off the task of writing a Will, even though it is one of the most […]

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Writing your Will: we can help with the definitive guide

As with any task that comes to mind on odd occasions in your life, writing your Will can seem overwhelming. So much so, that most people don’t do it. However, if you are coming to this page, something that probably happened in your life to make you realize that writing a Will is a vitally […]

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Considerations in writing a Will for Blended Families

What are blended families? Blended families is a term that includes families for whom one or both partners have children from a previous marriage. In other words, your spouse may not be the biological parent of your children. Blended families have become increasingly common, especially as the divorce rate in many countries including the United States […]

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Are there even fewer Americans without Wills?

A number of surveys over the last few years have reported that anywhere from 55 percent to 64 percent of Americans have not written their Wills. However, one under-reported statistic is the number of people who have their Will in place, but made it so long ago, that it no longer reflects their current circumstance. At […]

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U.K. Legal Wills Blog - April 30, 2017 RSS Feed

Planned Giving – Which charities are included in Wills?

“A note on Privacy: the protection and security of the documents created on our web site are of critical importance. In particular, we cannot access any information contained in a specific Will, nor can we read a person’s Will. However, we are able to access aggregated data from an encrypted database folder that summarizes the […]

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An Executor for your Will – how to make the best appointment

How to Choose an Executor for Your Will One of the most important estate planning decisions that you must think about is how to choose an executor for your Will. Surprisingly, many people do not give much thought to just how important an executor is. Often the task I given to a family member without […]

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Digital assets as part of your estate plan – caring for your online accounts

Digital Assets – What You Really Need to Know Have you thought about how your digital assets would be dealt with after your death? It is something which you can easily overlook when you are making a Will. It is easy to think about houses you own, bank accounts and personal property. However, digital assets are often […]

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Estate planning and divorce – What you really need to know

Divorce is a very stressful time and there are many things that you need to think about. One of the most crucial things that you need to address as soon as you decide to separate is estate planning and divorce. You may already have a Last Will and Testament, but you need to change it. […]

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How do you choose an Executor for your Will?

How to Choose an Executor for Your Will Are you struggling with the question of how to choose an Executor for your Will? The role of an Executor is a very important one. You need to make sure that you are making a wise decision. Your Executor will be trusted to take care of the […]

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Estate Plan – the seven critical documents that you need

You may have heard of the term “estate plan”. Perhaps you know it has something to do with your Last Will and Testament. But what exactly is an estate plan and how do you set one up? In short, an estate plan is a set of documents that allow you to control your health and […]

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Holographic Will – clearing up some misconceptions

You may have come to the conclusion that writing your Will with a solicitor is too expensive. You have thought that maybe you could write your own Will. But when you google the topic, “writing your own Will” leads you to all kinds of conflicting information. Eventually, you find information about the holographic Will, and have […]

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Free Will Kits exposed – why they are the worst option.

“Why should I pay £24.95 for your service when there are free Will kits available everywhere?” . A reasonable enough question, so please allow us to explain. In every high street in the UK we have seen a growth of the pound shop; Poundland, PoundWorld, Poundstretcher and just to shake it up; 99pLand. But we […]

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Want to write your own Will? 10 things to look out for.

Maybe a solicitor has quoted you a few hundred pounds to prepare your Will. Perhaps you are now considering whether you can write your own Will. You may be wondering “how hard can it be?”. It’s entirely possible to write your own Will, but let us give you a few pointers. Estate planning (the process of writing a Will) can […]

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Naming a Guardian for Children – why you need a Will

“My husband and I are interested in creating a will. Our primary reason is to ensure our child’s care and safety. There are blood relatives that we do not feel are suited to take custody of our child. Can your service help us cover this concern in our wills? We need to name a guardian […]

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Expat Legal Wills Blog - April 30, 2017 RSS Feed

Confused about Wills? Unusual expressions demystified.

Although estate planning can be easy and intuitive, the legal jargon surrounding Wills can make it confusing for those who aren’t familiar with the process. Although many aspects of estate planning are actually relatively simple, the unfamiliar language that people associate with the law can make these aspects seem daunting, even unintelligible. The awkward words used in […]

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How to write a legal Will – the signing process

The Testator, Beneficiary, Executor, and Witness: The major roles involved in writing a legal Will. There are several key terms that describe people in relation to your legal Will. During the estate planning process, keep these terms in mind. Testator: The person creating or leaving a Last Will and Testament. Beneficiary: A person who receives […]

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Who can be a beneficiary when you write your own Will

You have finally decided that it’s time to write your own Will. There are key appointments to be made, like the naming of an Executor, or maybe guardians for your children. But the  main body of your Will is going to explain how you wish to distribute your estate (everything you own). This could be made […]

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How to write a Will – the service at ExpatLegalWills.com

Most people know that they need a Will, but with 65% of adults in Canada, the UK and the US without a Will, there is clearly a barrier to getting it done. In most cases there is a misconception that in order to prepare a Will, you must have an estate planning lawyer or solicitor […]

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US Last Will and Testament: Write it from anywhere.

The US diaspora reaches every corner of the World. There are sizeable US contingents in Mexico, the Philippines, Israel and Liberia, but this is just a start. Millions of US citizens are finding new lives in Europe, Asia and Africa there are millions of US citizens with statistical estimates of anywhere from three to six million […]

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UK Wills: how to write one from overseas

I am completely confused. I was told that a new arrangement with England and France will come into force this year, allowing me as an english woman domiciled in France to make a Will leaving my assets in France and in England to whoever I wish, as I could if I were domiciled in England. There are […]

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How to write a Will: Here are your four options

Expats face some unique challenges when trying to write a Will. If they still hold assets in their home country, they need to create a Will separately to cover those assets, but the logistical challenge of say, creating a UK Will, while living in Thailand, is often insurmountable. We know that 65 percent of adults do […]

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Writing a Will when you live outside of the UK

I am retired in Thailand, lived all over the place so I have assets in numerous countries and I wish to update my Will. On talking with a local lawyer he told me he can establish a will in Thailand to cover my assets here but I will need to do separate ones for other […]

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The International Will

The basics of a Will are pretty much the same in any jurisdiction in the World. The document needs to identify the person making the Will, describe the distribution of the estate, and be signed in the presence of two witnesses. It should also ideally name an Executor or estate administrator to carry out the […]

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Expat Wills

I have been assigned to a one year position in Dubai, but all of my assets are in the US. I know I need a Last Will and Testament, how do I get one written? This is a problem not only for people of temporary work assignments, but also for people who have permanently relocated, […]

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News Headlines - April 30, 2017

Aging Matters: Advance directives workshop Tuesday
Hospice & Palliative CareCenter will hold a workshop on living wills and health-care powers of attorney at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 101 Hospice Lane. Participants who complete documents will get copies. The workshop is free, but donations will be ...

Advance directive gives control to individual
This guest column was submitted by Katlin Jay of Plainfield, an intensive care unit nurse at the Indianapolis VA Medical Center. Imagine the unthinkable happens to the most important person in your life. They are involved in a traumatic car accident; they ...

Advance Directives Support hosted by Home Hospice
Sherman, TX – On May 9, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Home Hospice of Grayson, Cooke & Fannin Counties will be providing support and resources for completing advance directives at the Covenant Presbyterian Church at 322 W. Pecan in Street Sherman, Texas.

Changing the Paradigm of Advance Directives to Avoid Prolonged Dementia
In the early days of living wills — the 1970’s and 1980’s – a major objective was to avoid being maintained on burdensome medical machinery in a highly debilitated status at the end stage of a fatal affliction. The contemporaneous legislation ...

Kansas health experts stress importance of Advanced Directive Forms
Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) It’s something you never want to think about but ...

When Doctors Should Ignore End-of-Life Directives
She even wrote down her wishes — NO LIFE SUPPORT! — in an advance directive, in case she wasn’t able to say what she wanted. (Advance directives such as the one Sheila wrote are common; many hospitals even use their completion rates as a quality metric.)

Who will speak for you? Mountain States launches advance directive educational campaign
Mountain States Health Alliance officials launched a pilot program Wednesday to educate employees and patients about initating an advance directive, a legal document that tells health care providers about your wishes. Honoring Choices Tennessee, a ...

Choosing those to execute advance directives/living wills
Here's a conversation starter ... do you want to rest the quality of your life, dignity and final life choices in the hands of two people who despise one another? That may sound like an odd question, however, this is an issue I am seeing more and more.

Advance Directives Help Ease Stress In Medical Emergencies
It's difficult to imagine the tough decisions we would have to make in a medical emergency. That's why doctors and hospitals want you to have a plan in place. Teresa Buell credits forward-thinking parents who had filled out advance directives for ...

Study Reveals Need for Nursing Homes to Improve Advance Directives
San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) April 26, 2017 – Nursing homes should implement better procedures for end-of-life directives, according to the results of a new study published in Health and Social Work. Past research has indicated that not only do ...

Reduce Estate Tax By Making Gifts
You can do a lot to minimize your estate taxes before you die. One way is to make some gifts.

Nightmare On Elm Street
Declining home prices and higher adjustable rate mortgage payments spell big trouble for some borrowers.

Choosing The Right Financial Adviser
Like hiring a personal trainer, finding the right financial adviser can help whip your finances into shape.

Pay Death To Go Away
Five ways to turn your wealth into health.

Insuring The Future
Newlyweds need protection now more than ever.

Taxes: Estate Planning
You can't take it with you, but you don't have to give it all to the government either.

Estate Planning
Here are ten things you need to know about estate planning.

Estate Planning In The Digital Age
If you died, could anyone access your online accounts? Here's how to protect and pass on your digital assets.

You're Dead, Now What?
An estate plan will help your loved ones avoid delays, legal problems and uncertainty.

Grandma's Got A Boyfriend, Now What?
The older you are, the more complicated your finances, especially if you're combining households.

Where Totem Poles Are a Living Art (and Relics Rest in Peace)
Imagine opening an old shed by the side of the road and finding a 19th-century painting by a master artist. That’s what happened to me recently in the small, indigenous village of Old Massett — except the ancient art was a totem pole, and a master ...

‘Living like movie stars, partying like rock stars’: Fyre festival a monument to millennial naivety
The fallout from the Fyre Festival fiasco has been immense, with unprecedented levels of online schadenfreude contributing to a meme that just keeps giving. It also highlights the incredible power wielded by Instagram models in the digital age. IMO # ...

Canadian minimum wage workers say they're surviving rather than living
MONTREAL — Erendira Achati Keriti needed winter clothes, but she knew she couldn't afford to buy them new. She managed to save enough money to buy second-hand garments, only to find they'd already been snapped up by the time she made it back to the ...

It's common to be living in a design compromise
Often there can be a discrepancy between what we would like the place we live in to look like and the way it is in living color. You know that saying "Grow where you are planted?" The aesthetic confrontation is about pairing up desires with the reality of ...

Think Outside the Box: Package Free Shop Aims To Make Zero Waste Living Easy
Lauren Singer has a pretty famous jar. The jar itself is nothing special—just a regular pint-sized glass one—but if you're an average American, what's in it is mindblowing. The jar holds all of Singer's trash from the past four years—yes, every last ...

Living Kidney Donor Graft Survival Improving
The following article is part of conference coverage from the 2017 American Transplant Congress (ATC) in Chicago, Illinois. Renal and Urology News' staff will be reporting breaking news associated with research conducted by leading experts in transplantation.

The big blessings of living small
More than one person has said this to us since we bought our small-ish condo four years ago: “You could get a bigger house if you moved inland.” Five people and one fluffy labradoodle living in just under 1200 square feet of space isn’t “living ...

Living, loving, and parenting with mental illness
One year into our marriage, my husband was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder. I began scouring the internet for studies, groups, information, and support. I knew we were in for a ride, because I also have my own struggles with PTSD and generalized anxiety.

Your Guide To Healthy Living From Natural Organic Foods
Here you are at the Your Guide To Healthy Living From Natural Organic Foods Product Overview. Our Webpage Aims to provide you: Please be aware that due to the fact that we use third-party statistics to create our product evaluations, they’re completely ...

Still Living At Home? Move Out Of Your Parents' House By Following These Tips
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Lukasz Laniecki. Warren Buffett gives all young people a tremendous advice almost no parents give their children. He says that there are two things that can hold people back from realizing their full ...

Agreement cum General Power of Attorney deeds to be regularised under LRS scheme
HYDERABAD: In a major respite for the people with Agreement cum General Power of Attorney (AGPA) registration title deeds, the state government has given a green signal to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) and Greater Hyderabad ...

The Coach: Enduring power of attorney
It is likely my father will be entering into an aged care facility in the next 12 months. He does not have an enduring power of attorney in place, and he has been diagnosed with early stage dementia. We live near each other in Sydney. If he is incapable of ...

Weedsport woman admits stealing nearly $200,000 through tax, power of attorney fraud
AUBURN — A Weedsport woman has admitted to stealing nearly $200,000 by filing false tax reports and abusing her power of attorney. Last year, Susan King, 53, of 2795 Ross Drive, was charged with five felonies: two counts of first-degree offering false ...

Why powers of attorney and equity loans are a troubled mix in Texas
Dear Mr. Premack: I currently have a special and general Power of Attorney from my wife, in order to close on a home equity loan. My bank had recently informed me that they could not close on the loan due to fact that I'm using a POA. I'm retired military ...

Agents Under Power of Attorney – Where Will You Get Hauled Into Court?
Powers of attorney can be matters of convenience or matters of necessity – the principal either doesn’t want to do something or the principal can’t do something. For the agents under a power of attorney, allowing yourself to be named as an agent may ...

Representing Your Client in Tax Court with a Power of Attorney
In the tax clinic, we file very few Tax Court petitions because our clients do not come to us at the stage of receiving a notice of deficiency. When we do file a Tax Court petition in response to a notice of deficiency, we sign the petition unless the ...

Karen Walsh: Enduring Power of Attorney works like an insurance policy
Enduring Power of Attorney is one way to cover all eventualities, giving somebody legal authority to make decisions on your behalf if you lose the mental capacity to do so. It can be an immensely stressful time, when a family member is diagnosed with ...

Chief-examination by power of attorney holder of petitioner in divorce matter under cruelty
Wife is petitioner. Husband is Respondent. Petitioner lives in foreign country. Respondent lives in India. Petitioner filed divorce petition under cruelty ground through power of attorney holder in family court, India. There is no signature, verification ...

Durable Power of Attorney
Power of attorney is a document that gives power to another person or an organization to handle things of an individual in his or her absence or any unexpected illness. The person issuing the power of attorney is called the principal and the person who has ...

Thoughts on laws about power of attorney for minors, election
This week the Governor will take a careful look at Senate Bill 117, a bill to revise laws relating to executing power of attorney for a minor. This is a dangerous piece of legislation for children, and we urge the Governor to veto the bill. SB 117 ...

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