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Canadian Legal Wills Blog - March 27, 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 A further 12 percent have a Will, but it’s out of date.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 - March 27, 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 - March 27, 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 - March 27, 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 - March 27, 2017

Advance Medical Directive: Time is now to plan for the unexpected
TRAVERSE CITY — Most people wait too long to talk about what they’d like to happen if they are medically incapacitated. Once it happens, it’s too late. The time to have that conversation is now, said Stephanie VanSlyke, R.N., of Munson Medical Center ...

“Before I Die” Walls In Gainesville Promote Importance Of Advance Directives
The installation of “Before I Die” walls throughout the Gainesville community by UF Health encourages people to start a conversation about death. Wendy Resnick, senior director of finance at UF Health Shands Financial Services, said the goal of the ...

What will you decide on National Healthcare Decisions Day?
"Advance directives" or "advance care plans" are terms used for written instructions a person creates to convey their wishes regarding medical treatment. In a report published by the Aspen Institute Health Strategy Group, the first of "Five Big Ideas to ...

Helping those in need prepare documents
The students shared the same goal: To create important legal documents for people who might otherwise not have gotten the help they needed through a project called “Legal Documents That Matter: Name Change and Advance Directives.” Students were trained ...

Suicide no more a crime, patients to get cover
A unique feature of the Bill is that it allows adults to make an advance directive on how they wish to be treated in case they got mental illness in the future. Such a person can chose a nominative representative who would take care of him or her ...

College Lutheran to hold advanced directives and living will seminar
College Lutheran Church, in partnership with Carilion Clinic, will host Advanced Directives and Living Will 101 on March 20, at 6 p.m. at their location, 210 S. College Avenue. Join Mark G. Swope, Ph.D., director of Medical Ethics, at this event, hosted ...

Chester River Health Foundation to Host Advance Directives/Elder Law Seminar
The University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation will host an informative seminar, “The Importance of Advance Directives, the MOLST Form and Their Relationship to Elder Law,” on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in the ...

Nurse Practitioners Will Go To Albany To Urge Passage of Important Patient-Centered Legislation
The number one issue on the Association's agenda is S.1869 (Hannon), advanced directive legislation that authorizes nurse practitioners to execute orders not to resuscitate and other orders pertaining to life-sustaining treatment. Known as the DNR Bill ...

Providence to Host Free Events in Recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day
Providence Health and Services will be hosting a free informational event about advance care planning and advance directive forms on April 18 at St. Martin’s University, Lacey. The event aims to highlight the importance of advance health care decision ...

How Medicare Can Help You Say Goodbye on Your Terms
Fortunately for those with Medicare, there are ways to maintain some sense of control at the end for a minimal cost. Advance directive planning. End-of-life planning starts with creating advance directives. “That’s a way to ensure you remain in control ...

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.

No snags with most banks' living wills, regulators say
The living will of Pittsburgh’s biggest bank drew no objections from regulators. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Federal Reserve Board said they’ve completed their evaluation of the resolution plans of 16 domestic banks, including PNC ...

The Mushroom King and Tiny Homes featured at the Sustainability and Outdoor Living Expo
The Southern Colorado Sustainability and Outdoor Living Expo will fill the Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Boulevard at Academy, March 31 through April 2, 2017. This family-friendly event boasts over 150 booths and will connect area ...

A Year after Her Death, Mother Angelica’s Living Legacy
Her biographer testifies to her healing work and continues her efforts with his own hope-filled Will Wilder children’s books. Mother Angelica, the founder of a world-ranging media operation, EWTN, has been dead for a year. But she’s still changing lives.

Rhythm City barge to be donated to the city of Clinton or Living Lands and Waters
CLINTON, Iowa - The old Rhythm City barge on the Davenport riverfront could soon be donated and headed upstream, if the city of Clinton decides it's worth paying for. According to Mo Hyder, general manager of Rhythm City, the barge has been offered to the ...

Fed gives four foreign banks 'living will' extension, faults Northern Trust
WASHINGTON Northern Trust Corp (NTRS.O) had shortcomings in its "living will" plans and has until year-end to update a proposal for how to unwind if it went bankrupt, U.S. regulators said on Friday as they granted an extension for four foreign banks to comply.

Living Desert to Offer 'Brew at the Zoo'
More than 50 breweries and restaurants will participate in the 'Brew at the Zoo' event on Saturday, April 1 in Palm Desert. From Cord Media: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ wildly popular Brew at the Zoo is on tap for Saturday, April 1 from 6:30 p.m ...

‘We All Eat’ event offers tips, tasting for healthy living
Curious about pressure cooking? Not sure what to do with that cast iron skillet? Need a few healthy recipes? The first “We All Eat” event has you covered. The free community event takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Sedgwick County ...

Prince Harry In A Hurry To Start Living With Girlfriend Meghan Markle, Says Source
Prince Harry only started courting Meghan Markle last summer, but the royal is reportedly now in a hurry to settle down with the “Suits” star. According to a new report, Harry, 32, is reportedly about to move into a new apartment at Kensington Palace ...

This Little Girl's Rendition of "Part of Your World" Will Warm Your Heart
On Sunday night's episode of Little Big Shots, host Steve Harvey invited a then three-year-old Claire Ryann from Seattle to sing her rendition of the Little Mermaid's "Part Of Your World." The adorable kid blew the audience away with her pitch-perfect song ...

Fed gives Northern Trust 'living will' extension along with four foreign banks
Northern Trust had shortcomings in its "living will" plans and has until year-end to update a proposal for how to unwind if it went bankrupt, U.S. regulators said on Friday as they granted an extension for four foreign banks to comply. Large foreign banks ...

As threat of deportation looms, parents make agonizing decision
And increasingly, some are considering the extraordinary step of signing power of attorney documents that would give friends or relatives the ability to make decisions on behalf of their children if they are no longer here. "That's huge," said Emily Perez ...

What About My Kids If I’m Deported? Immigrants Get Help With Powers of Attorney
That’s how Hugo Salazar recently greeted a woman outside the door of the Orange County Labor Federation office in Anaheim. “Sí,” the woman replied, and headed back to her car to round up the rest of her family. Since January, Salazar and his ...

Firm ordered to pay Rs 40 lakh for illegal sale of property
According to the affidavit of the applicant Irene Manohar, a guarantor and power of attorney of the deceased couple's three legal heirs, the borrowers had paid EMIs promptly till their death for a loan amounting to `13 lakh. After furnishing necessary ...

Attorney to speak on wills, powers of attorney, trusts
Attorney to speak on wills, powers of attorney, trusts LAS CRUCES — Attorney Melissa J. Reeves will present a general discussion of wills, powers of attorney, trusts and will touch briefly on guardianship issues at a community presentation from 2:30 to ...

Elderly residents often target of financial exploitation
Some cases have been reported of financial fraud involving a chosen financial power of attorney “There is a lot of power in being named financial power of attorney,” said Alabama Department of Human Resources Adult Protective Services worker Summers Hall.

Aid Worker Claims He ‘Signed Papers’ That He Was Dad Of Angelina’s Boy
According to Mounh Sarath, 51, he also still officially has power of attorney over the boy, now 15. Sarath boldly said of Jolie, 41, “I would be happy if Cambodia didn’t see her again.” PHOTOS: Somber Brad Pitt Speaks Out After Reaching Custody ...

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Lawyers have no business in the field of advance care planning
This can all be avoided by some pretty simple steps — like talking to your loved ones, filling out your own medical durable power of attorney (here’s a guide to state documents), disseminating them to everyone involved from family to physicians.

Citing lack of evidence, theft charges against Burnsville woman dismissed after bitter family feud
Since the charges were filed, additional evidence was produced indicating that Heinrich was able to make rational decisions when she made her estate planning decisions and gave her power of attorney to O'Connor, Ivy said. Ivy said this decision to dismiss ...

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.

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