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Canadian Legal Wills Blog - January 18, 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 A further 12 percent have a Will, but it’s out of date.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 - January 18, 2017 RSS Feed

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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Making a Will; 5 reasons to not procrastinate

Thinking about Making a Will, but not managed to get started? don’t worry, you are not alone. Unfortunately, many people procrastinate the estate planning process for a variety of reasons. People might think that estate planning is complicated, time-consuming, or will cost them hundreds of dollars in fees. According to a survey by legal insurance […]

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A Joint Will, Mutual Wills, Reciprocal Wills explained

We get this question almost every day; “I would like a will for my husband and I. This is only letting me do one will. How do I get a joint Will that will allow us to give what we have to each other? Couples have several options when writing a Will together. Among them are: […]

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U.K. Legal Wills Blog - January 18, 2017 RSS Feed

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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The Ten Best Reasons to Write a Will now

We know that most people have not written their Will. These people fall into two camps; the group who think it’s important, but haven’t got around to it yet, but hopefully they will write a Will at some time in the future. The second group are those who have the “why do I care? I’ll be dead […]

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Expat Legal Wills Blog - January 18, 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 - January 18, 2017

Nursing homes need improvement in end-of-life directives: Study
Jan. 17 (UPI) --A study from the University of Missouri School of Social Work suggests nursing homes need to give more attention to how advanced directives are used. "In a nursing home setting some providers use aggressive end-of-life care, even if it is ...

Health Talk – Advance Directives #3
WCBI – TV was the first television station in North Mississippi. The station began its regular operations on July 13, 1956 under the ownership of Birney Imes, Jr. WCBI was first housed in a group of cement block buildings in a pasture east of Columbus on ...

Many ESRD patients lack advance directives near the end of life
A new study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology indicates that many nursing home residents receiving dialysis do not have advance directives that sufficiently address end-of-life treatment decisions. Those with advance ...

Generation Us: Advance directive can bring peace of mind
Do you have an advance directive? Do you even know what one is? You’re not alone. A 2014 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that out of 7,900 people surveyed, only 26 percent had an advance directive. Nationwide, it’s ...

Kansas Mental Health Advocates To Push For Psychiatric Advance Directives
Because many people wouldn’t, Kansas mental health advocates are pushing for the state to recognize psychiatric advance directives to guide care for patients in crisis who are unable to communicate. Patients most often use advance directives to specify ...

Preparing for End of Life in Arlington
This POST form makes it possible for doctors to turn their patients’ clearly stated end-of-care wishes into an action plan, going one step further than a simple advance directive. The POST form is respected across care settings. “These are ...

Many SNF residents with kidney failure missing advanced directives, study shows
Less than half of nursing home residents with end-stage renal disease have completed advanced directives that can help reduce hospitalizations and intensive procedures in their last months of life, a new study shows. Researchers from Stanford University ...

Patient Rights & Responsibilities and. Advance Directives. Annual Training Program
2 Background on Patient Rights The legal interests of persons who submit to medical treatment. For many years, common medical practice meant that Providers made decisions for their Patients. This view has gradually been changed by: Promoting Patient ...

DAR issues directives to advance land tenure services
CEBU CITY, Jan. 12 — Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Undersecretary for Field Operations Office Marcos Risonar today issued directives to hasten and improve the land tenure services of the department. “Land tenure is a major component of the ...

Kansas Mental Health Advocates To Push For Psychiatric Advance Directives
Because many people wouldn’t, Kansas mental health advocates are pushing for the state to recognize psychiatric advance directives to guide care for patients in crisis who are unable to communicate. Patients most often use advance directives to specify ...

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.

TWO more girls will join Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferry and enter the Celebrity Big Brother house tonight
Whether Chloe manages to win over the public remains to be seen - but she's certainly set to upset her new roomies. Angie Best's devotion to clean living will be an alien concept to the youngster, and she's sure to rile sour-faced Coleen Nolan…

Living Health Integrative Medicine, LLC - Diabetes Reversal
REVERSE TYPE II DIABETES Free Diabetic Event Gourmaet Meal A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms that Type II Diabetes can be put into remission JAMA 2012 Dec. 19.308 (23:2489-96.) Topics include: Top 3 ...

10 Ugly Truths About Full Time RV Living
As most of you know, our lives took a turn for the smaller a year and a half ago. We left our apartments, drove halfway across the country and moved into our new home: an RV. From that point on, we’ve been full time RV living, and nineteen feet of less ...

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 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 ...

Poll: Young Americans fear they will be worse off post-Trump
"Minority people are very afraid of all the rhetoric that he ran upon (in) his campaign," said Jada Selma, a 28-year-old African-American graduate school student living in Atlanta. "Anytime he mentioned black people, he would talk about poor people or ...

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 ...

Hundreds of Strangers Raise Over $40K to Keep 108-Year-Old Ohio Woman in Her Assisted Living Home
Hundreds of strangers have raised more than $40,000 so that a 108-year-old woman can stay in her assisted living home in Columbus, Ohio. Carrie Lou Rausch has been living at the home, Sunrise on the Scioto, for the past three years since she was 105 ...

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 ...

Why You Need a Living Will – Even at Age 18
In your teens and early 20s, death isn’t something you likely think about. You tend to feel invincible – and worrying about becoming terminally ill or being in an accident can feel, well, morbid. Unfortunately, accidents, injuries and illnesses know no ...

Ambiguity in power of attorney act, rules to be cleared soon: Anisul
Law Minister Anisul Huq on Tuesday said ambiguity in the sections of Power of Attorney Act, 2012, and Power of Attorney Rules, 2015, will be cleared soon. ..not only that, ambiguity in some sections and sub-sections of Registration Rules, 2014, will also ...

First Dementia-Specific Lasting Power of Attorney Tool is Launched Online by Net Lawman
The New Online Tool Allows People With Early Stage Dementia, Their Family and Caregivers to Make Lasting Power of Attorney Documents SUFFOLK, UK / ACCESSWIRE / January 16, 2017 / Net Lawman, an online legal services provider, has launched the first ...

Legal Matters: Power of Attorney explained
A power of attorney is a legal document which grants one or more persons the authority to act on behalf of another person. In Ontario there are two types: a power of attorney for property and a power of attorney for personal care. All powers of attorney ...

How widows can avoid a cash crunch after the death of a spouse by planning ahead
Compare home equity rates at Bankrate.com today. Before the death, the surviving spouse may have had a durable power of attorney, which allowed her access to her spouse's accounts to pay bills and manage other financial issues. But power of attorney ends ...

Chef denies forging power of attorney
A chef was yesterday granted bail after she denied altering a power of attorney to allow her to dispose of property. The court of Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan heard that Damiana Newton between September 5, 2000 and July 22, 2016 at Georgetown, with intent ...

Obama cuts sentences of hundreds of drug offenders
which began backing up in the Pardon Attorney's office. At the beginning of 2017, 13,568 petitions for clemency were still pending. The Obama administration has received more than 30,000 petitions over eight years. The power to grant pardons and ...

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 ...

One of Us: Jody Giles’ new book, “The Missing Pieces Plan,” helps people prepare a detailed plan for end-of-life issues
Her book has four sections. She discusses legal issues such as a will, power of attorney and advanced directives; legacy issues like planning end-of-life celebrations; insurance issues; and letters to be prepared, including a letter of instruction and ...

When the Power of Attorney Lacks Power
For many people, there is no legal document that is more crucial than a power of attorney. Or one so full of potential pitfalls. A power of attorney is an inexpensive legal document that gives a designated individual the right to act on another’s behalf ...

Power Of Attorney: Do You Need One?
A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document in which the principal (you) designate another person (called the agent or attorney-in-fact) to act on your behalf to make all decisions, in specified matters or in all matters. Special circumstances may ...

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