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Canadian Legal Wills Blog - February 26, 2017 RSS Feed

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 A further 12 percent have a Will, but it’s out of date.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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Number of Canadians without Wills significantly under-reported

There appears to be divided opinion on the importance of Wills. There are a group who believe that a Will is a document to be written on one’s deathbed, as a final statement to explain who will receive the family heirlooms. Fortunately, most of us are wiser, and understand that a Will is something that […]

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Digital assets in your Last Will and Testament – you need a plan.

As we spend more time online, our social, sentimental, and financial assets have begun to migrate online as well. Collectively, we have come to call these items, your digital assets. Unfortunately, people all too frequently neglect the digital component of estate planning. You probably haven’t considered creating a plan for your Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter accounts. Maybe you […]

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U.S. Legal Wills Blog - February 26, 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 - February 26, 2017 RSS Feed

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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Who gets what if you die without a Will

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Expat Legal Wills Blog - February 26, 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 - February 26, 2017

Advance directives program is Feb. 19
Bringing up power of attorneys and living wills may raise some eyebrows at the dinner table, but normalizing what can seem like an uncomfortable conversation can help families make decisions when a medical situation arises. The health and wellness ...

Advance Care Planning For Procrastinators
... that it has something to do with living wills or medical powers of attorney — documents we generally refer to as advance directives. But most adults have not thought about the fact that everyone has a default advance care plan, regardless of age or ...

Vatican newspaper op-ed cautions against advance end-of-life directives
A palliative care specialist, writing on the front page of L’Osservatore Romano’s February 23 edition, cautioned readers against drafting advance directives for end-of-life care. Advance directives assumed greater importance in France’s 2016 law on ...

Advanced directive clinic slated March 9
Preferred Hospice will offer a free clinic to assist anyone with the completion of an advance directive. There will be blank, state-approved advance directives and a notary available on site. The event will be 3-6 p.m. March 9 at 5340 N. Towne Centre Dr ...

AGS Position Statement: Making Medical Treatment Decisions for Unbefriended Older Adults
In this position statement, we define unbefriended older adults as patients who: (1) lack decisional capacity to provide informed consent to the medical treatment at hand; (2) have not executed an advance directive that addresses the medical treatment at ...

Starving patients to death
Oregon legalized assisted suicide in 1997. A new law would allow caregivers to deny food to those who have written an advance-care directive allowing for non-treatment. Not just intravenous nutrition, but actual eating and drinking, even if the patient ...

Heller to present on advanced healthcare directives
PORT ALLEGANY – Cole Memorial’s Andrea Heller, D.O., will discuss “The Importance of Advance Healthcare Directives & How to Create One With Your Family” Thursday, Feb. 16, at 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. for a “Senior Lunch & Learn” at S.W. Smith ...

SCOV Blog: Involuntary medication ruling appealed
While there, Patient signed a document that looked and smelled like an advance directive. Patient stated that he did not want medication because it made him angry and murderous, and it inhibits “the limbic system from powering organs.” He also ...

Oregon Senate Bill 494 will starve and dehydrate incompetent people to death.
In Oregon, the Senate is debating a deceptive bill (SB 494) that appears to simply replace the current advanced directives legislation, but in fact it promotes the withholding or withdrawal of nutrition and hydration (food and water) from people who are ...

Oregon Bill Could Allow Patients to Be Starved or Dehydrated
CNA/EWTN News PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon bill on advanced medical directive rules could allow patients who suffer from dementia or mental illness to be starved or dehydrated, opponents warn. “These are patients who are awake, can chew and swallow and ...

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.

Doctors are confused by living wills, study finds
Interpreting a living will is, by definition, a life-and-death activity. So, it's not comforting that, when hundreds of doctors were asked to decide what nine different living wills and related documents meant, they rarely agreed. In a new study, the ...

Sex robot holiday resorts could soon be taking the world by storm as experts claim lusty men will jet to X-rated android hotels to get their kicks
LUSTY men could be soon tempted to get their kicks at sex robot holiday resorts that experts predict could soon spring up all over the world. Holidaymakers could be attracted to the x-rated cyborg hotels which would reportedly offer a range of sex robot ...

A Versatile Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill Is Introduced By Coyote Outdoor Living
DALLAS, Feb. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Coyote Outdoor Living, the Dallas-based, high-quality outdoor kitchen company is launching a new indoor and outdoor table top Electric Grill. The Electric Grill ($799 MSRP) from Coyote Outdoor Living will turn any ...

The Step-by-Step Guide to Decorating Your Living Room From Scratch
Congrats! You finally snagged that dream apartment downtown or your first home in that impossibly cute neighborhood. You have a lot to celebrate, but once the fun begins to die down, you start to slowly come to terms with one significant fact: now you have ...

Sign A Healthcare Proxy, Living Will And Power Of Attorney
Advancements in medical science and care may enable us to live fuller, longer lives. The flip side is that more of us are likely to suffer from a diminished mental state–a harsh reality that’s difficult to accept. Here’s a scary statistic: One in ...

Wells Fargo Failed the Federal Reserve’s Living Will Test
In another obstacle to Wells Fargo’s (WFC) plans, the Federal Reserve stated on December 13, 2016, that the embattled bank failed the living will test and would face penalties. The Fed notes that this test requires banks with more than $50 billion in ...

Wells Fargo in trouble again. This time for its 'living will'
Wells Fargo is in trouble yet again. Federal regulators slapped Wells Fargo with sanctions on Tuesday after the bank failed to come up with an adequate plan to dismantle itself in an orderly way in a bankruptcy. Wells Fargo (WFC) is the first bank to be ...

5 Questions to Ask Before Writing a Living Will
It's one of those tasks on many people's to-do lists. But it’s way down at the bottom of the list: writing a living will. A living will is a legal document, also called an advance health care directive, which details how you'd like to be cared for if ...

Wells Fargo’s ‘Living Will’ Plan Is Rejected Again by Regulators
Wells Fargo has run afoul of banking regulators once again: On Tuesday, for the second time this year, the bank did not pass a key regulatory test that was created after the 2008 financial crisis to reduce the threats that large banks pose to the broader ...

Wells Fargo Faces Limits After Second Living Will Failure
Wells Fargo & Co. failed for the second time this year to persuade U.S. regulators that it could unwind its business in the event of a failure without wreaking havoc on the broader financial system. The rejection marks another setback for the lender still ...

Senate panel kills bill to limit powers of attorney general
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi Senate committee is killing a bill to limit the powers of the Democratic attorney general. The Judiciary A Committee set aside House Bill 555. Committee Chairman Sean Tindell, a Gulfport Republican, says it's "pretty ...

Supreme Court weighs widespread impact of SNF arbitration case
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in a nursing home arbitration agreement case could have a broader effect on lawsuits involving the power of attorney, according to arguments heard Wednesday. Kindred Nursing Ctrs. LP v. Clark consolidated three wrongful ...

Missouri lawyer acquitted in killings of dad, his girlfriend
LEBANON, Mo. (AP) — A lawyer who specialized in end-of-life matters has been acquitted in the death of her millionaire father, whom prosecutors claimed she had removed from life support by forging power of attorney documents after he survived an attack ...

Partner of UK Author Helen Bailey Convicted of Her Murder
She later met Stewart through a Facebook group for bereaved people. They began a relationship, and he became the chief heir to Bailey's fortune and gained power of attorney over her affairs. Prosecutors said Stewart drugged Bailey over many weeks with his ...

Three Powers of Attorney Everyone Needs
A Health Care Power of Attorney allows you to appoint another individual, usually called your agent, to make health care decisions on your behalf. Say you are incapable of making health care decisions due to illness, injury, or incapacitation. In that case ...

Woman calls constant fear of deportation 'a nightmare'
"I live in fear. I wonder what’s going to happen." Immigration attorney Yesenia Polanco is advising clients to draw up a power of attorney and custody arrangements for children in case the worst-case scenario happens. "ICE is not going to care if they ...

Attorney advises immigrants to be prepared
"Maybe having a power of attorney for someone else to make decisions for your child in case you are put in deportation proceedings and detained" she added. It's still not clear how all of the changes will be funded. They will take months, in some cases ...

Finding Out Your Power of Attorney Is Powerless
You think you’ve done everything right: Your parents or other relatives have signed a durable power of attorney. Among other things, it allows you to handle their finances — taxes, bills, bank accounts, real estate sales — if they become incapacitated.

FLOC president urges community to 'adopt' families at risk of deportation
At today's membership meeting, Mr. Velasquez asked those in attendance to consider helping families with power of attorney or taking in children if a parent is detained or deported. He cited a report published by the Associated Press detailing a draft ...

Miss. Senate panel kills bill to limit powers of attorney general
JACKSON -- A bill to limit the powers of Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood is "pretty much dead" after a committee voted to set it aside without making a final decision, the chairman said Thursday. House Bill 555 proposed to limit the attorney general's ...

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