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It doesn’t matter how young you are, you need a Will.

I’m young – do I need a Will? You need a Will. In fact, there is never a circumstance where planning to not have a Will is a good idea. Dying without a Will is not a strategy, no matter how old or young you may be, you need a Will. On a daily basis […]

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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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U.S. Legal Wills Blog - October 19, 2017 RSS Feed

How do I know when to Write a Will? Am I too young?

Last year, we commissioned an independent study which showed that only 28% of Americans had a legal, up-to-date Will in place. Even if we took out the under 35’s from this survey, it showed that around two thirds of Americans did not have an up-to-date Will in place. The results clearly showed that most people […]

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How do you name guardians for children? – your Last Will and Testament

Why you should name guardians for children Many people think the time to make a Will is when they’re old and two steps from the grave. That is not the case. Whenever anyone begins to acquire assets or income, they should think about a Will. On the personal side, whenever anyone becomes a parent, they […]

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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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U.K. Legal Wills Blog - October 19, 2017 RSS Feed

Six common estate planning mistakes – getting your Will right.

Six Common Estate Planning Mistakes Estate planning is a critical part of financial planning, but a task that often never quite makes it to the top of your To Do list. Having your final wishes clearly set out can relieve your loved ones of unnecessary stress and financial burdens. To help you along your estate planning […]

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Review of UK Online Will services – your guide to the best.

Will writing options Before the advent of online Will writing services there were two general approaches to writing a Will. Going to a solicitor, or writing your own Will on a piece of paper. These two approaches were diametrically opposite. A solicitor would be able to provide you with legal advice, and potentially write custom clauses […]

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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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Expat Legal Wills Blog - October 19, 2017 RSS Feed

Am I too young to write a Last Will and Testament?

Am I too Young to Write a Last Will and Testament?  Over 60% of adults don’t have a Will, and this is across all of the countries that we support; the US, UK and Canada. For Expats, this number is almost certainly going to be higher, because the process is that much more complicated. This […]

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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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News Headlines - October 19, 2017

Advance directives: Plan for the unexpected
Imagine you were in a serious car accident and were left unable to speak for yourself. Who would speak for you? Who would make needed medical decisions while you were unable to communicate? It’s a scenario none of us expects to be in, yet it happens ...

What Tom Petty's choices can teach you about end-of-life care
Making proper end-of-life care provisions involves stipulating what you would want through an advance directive and anticipating potential conflicts. When Tom Petty was found in cardiac arrest earlier this month, his family reportedly took him off life ...

Not Being Able To Make Advance Directives For Assisted Suicide Might Be Hastening Patients’ Decision
Bill C-14, which was passed in Toronto last year, allows terminally ill patients the right to choose assisted suicide to end their life. It also allowed family members of those who are in a coma, or unable to make the decision to end their life, the right ...

Why advance care planning is important for you and your loved ones
all of that conversation must also be recorded in a legal document called an advance healthcare directive to be helpful. Consumers will want to focus specifically on drafting one type of advance healthcare directive called a living will, which dictates ...

Playing a Conversation Game Motivates to Engage In Advance Care Planning
Van Scoy, assistant professor of medicine and humanities in the Penn State College of Medicine. "Whether it was completing an advance directive or looking up hospice information, they were engaged in some of the necessary psychological work needed to take ...

Playing a conversation game may encourage advance care planning
Van Scoy, assistant professor of medicine and humanities in the Penn State College of Medicine. "Whether it was completing an advance directive or looking up hospice information, they were engaged in some of the necessary psychological work needed to take ...

Coast Line: Aptos Friday workshop covers advance directives
Hospice of Santa Cruz County will present a workshop on “Advance Directives: How to make your wishes known” 10-11 a.m. Friday at the Aptos library, 7965 Soquel Drive. The benefits for loved ones are clarity and peace of mind, organizers say. Attendees ...

Psychiatric Advance Directives (PAD)
A Psychiatric Advance Directive (PAD) is a legal document written by a currently competent person who lives with a mental illness. A PAD allows a person to be prepared if a mental health crisis prevents them from being able to make decisions. A PAD ...

Advance care planning benefit presents challenges
During a recent visit with a 72-year-old cancer patient, Bridget Fahy, MD, a surgical oncologist at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, spent time discussing advance directives and the importance of naming a surrogate decision maker. Dr. Fahy had ...

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.

'Coming to your living room!' Karlie Kloss lands her own six-part talk show which will see her chat about movies with her A-list pals
Karlie Kloss has landed her own talk show, Movie Night With Karlie Kloss. The supermodel, 25, will interview her A-list friends, including the likes of Kendall Jenner, Ashley Graham and Kaia Gerber, while they watch films and play games together.

Co-living startup Common will expand its NYC empire with 3 new locations
Co-living startup Common is expanding its NYC empire even further. Real Estate equity firm Harriman Capital has brought on Common to create three new co-living spaces in New York City. In addition, Harriman will also partner with Common to establish the ...

Beach Cities Health District unveils 'healthy living' campus at first open house
In the first public open house Tuesday night to unveil plans for its 11-acre "healthy living" campus in Redondo Beach, officials with the Beach Cities Health District received a chilling welcome to local politics. During a presentation by BCHD Executive ...

Airman who went missing in 1977 found living double life in Florida
Jeffrey Michels, 64, was arrested Thursday on charges of desertion after he failed to report for duty at North Dakota’s Minot Air Force Base on July 6, 1977, WFTV reported. Michels, originally from East Liverpool, Ohio, was found living a double life in ...

LeBron James Is the Greatest Living Athlete (and Here's Why)
LeBron James has been basketball's best player for the better part of 14 years. But it's his work off the court—in business, in movies, and increasingly in politics—that will define the depth of his greatness. We tailed the king from L.A. to New York ...

300 days of sun. LGBT-friendly. Disaster-free living. Amazon's HQ2 is forcing cities to tout their best selling points
Mayors from Toledo to Tulsa are so eager to woo Amazon's much-vaunted second headquarters that they're brandishing bourbon, selling the sun, whispering sweet nothings to the company and even pushing its buttons. Literally. The Associated Press talked to ...

The Grown-Up’s Guide to Living with Your Sibling
The day I decided to move to New York City, I didn’t so much ask my older sister if I could move in as tell her that I’d be squeezing myself into her apartment, “because Mom and Dad said it was OK.” Never mind that she lived in a 300-sq. ft.

Alleged Air Force Deserter Found 40 Years Later Living Under a New Name in Florida — with a Wife and Kids
A Florida man is facing a desertion charge after he was found allegedly living under another name more than 40 years after he vanished from his post at a North Dakota Air Force base, PEOPLE confirms. Jeffrey Michels, 64, was arrested on Thursday and ...

John Morgan says he will spend $1 million on Florida campaign for $15 'living wage'
John Morgan, an Orlando trial lawyer who spent an estimated $10 million of his own money to make medical marijuana a tangible thing in Florida, now says he will fork out $1 million on a campaign for a $15 "living wage." "People now are better off not ...

How gig economy workers will be left short of super
According to a recent study, around 100,000 workers (or 0.8% of the workforce) who make their living through the gig economy are likely to miss out on superannuation payments. The gig economy compounds the problem of Australian workers being left under ...

The Young and the Restless - Power Of Attorney
Jack and his sisters are surprised to see their mother's power of attorney papers. CBS Entertainment 0:30

File a Power of Attorney When You’re Still Healthy
You are vulnerable to a particularly scary type of abuse that can deprive you of control over your home, assets and personal freedom — unless you file an often overlooked and misunderstood legal form called a power of attorney. The power-of-attorney form ...

We Have Jesus' Power Of Attorney
Turn with me to Matthew 28. We’re going to read verses 18, 19 and 20. (18) And Jesus came and spake unto them (the disciples) saying, All power (this is the Greek word exousia and it means “authority”) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Authorities say Lee County man used power of attorney to steal from parents
Authorities say Lee County man used power of attorney to steal from parents Ryan Todd Powers, 41, of Lehigh Acres, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in state prison after being convicted of exploitation of the elderly. Check out this story on naplesnews.com ...

ON THE MONEY: The durable power of attorney
The durable power of attorney is one of the most effective and important planning tools for medical care and estate planning, since it enables a person (the principal) to delegate certain powers to another (the agent) by means of a written legal document.

Am I better off not giving anyone power of attorney over my affairs? I've read horror stories...
I have heard that there have been problems with people appointed as attorney who have then abused their powers and robbed those they were supposed to protect. Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) can be an essential part of estate planning and sensible back ...

When a power of attorney is not enough
We often think of a power of attorney as an all-powerful document, a way for an agent – the person taking the power – to take all responsibility for the principal’s – the person giving the power – financial, legal and health care matters.

Harrison City man allegedly used power of attorney to steal $303K from his mother
A Harrison City man took more than $300,000 from his mother's bank account under the guise of acting as her power of attorney, but bank records show the money was spent on gasoline and furniture, among other things, according to police. At least $63,000 of ...

Immigrants fearing deportation scramble to set up power of attorney protection for families, property
Ruben Blas gripped a thin stack of papers on a recent Saturday morning as he anxiously waited in line with about 20 other people outside Jubilee Park Community Center. Blas and others were waiting to speak with a lawyer inside the center to get help ...

Bonnie Kraham: Plenty of value in having elder law power of attorney
Elder law is dedicated to protecting assets from nursing home costs. Therefore, an elder law attorney usually recommends the client sign an “elder law power of attorney” that can save money from nursing home costs even on the eve of needing a nursing home.

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