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Canadian Legal Wills Blog - June 24, 2017 RSS Feed

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 - June 24, 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 - June 24, 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 - June 24, 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 - June 24, 2017

Living wills, advance directives
Living wills and other advance directives are written, legal instructions regarding your preferences for medical care if you are unable to make decisions for yourself. Advance directives guide choices for doctors and caregivers if you’re terminally ill ...

Ask the doctors: Advance directives imperative to patients, doctors and families
Q: I am a 60-year-old man who exercises regularly and takes no medicines. At my last physical exam, my doctor gave me an advance directive form. Do I really need to fill one out? A: Unequivocally, yes. Advance directives are forms providing direction to ...

Advanced Directives for Everyone
Receive step by step instructions for filling out an advanced directive or living will in this hands-on workshop. Each participant will be guided through the simple, yet deeply thought provoking, process of completing this form. Participants will go home ...

Hospice of the West Emphasizes Importance of Advance Directives for Arizonans, Promotes Discussions and Training on Advance Care Planning
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hospice of the West (HOW), a leading community-based hospice and palliative care organization in Maricopa County, Arizona, underscores the critical need for meaningful, thoughtful communication with families, caregivers and ...

Advance Directives: Having the Talk
And there are tactful ways to do it. That discussion can help people put their wishes in writing in legal documents called advance directives. Doing that not only helps guide doctors; it could also prevent you and your family from becoming mired in ...

Why Aren’t Patients Using Advance Directives?
Advance directives are a means for patients to communicate their wishes regarding medical decisions to their families and health care professionals once they are unable to make these decisions themselves. These documents, together with the assignment of ...

When Advance Directives Are Ignored
In the final two years of her mother’s life, Lisa McAllister started carrying copies of her mother’s do-not-resuscitate and power-of-attorney forms in her purse and her car. Her mother was cycling between the hospital, assisted living and rehab ...

Why do patients often deviate from their advance directives?
One of the most difficult decisions that patients, families and physicians face involves end-of-life care. The advance directive or “living will” has become an accepted framework for patients to delineate their own preferences about what treatment they ...

Advance Directives
Advance directives are legal papers that tell your loved ones and doctors what kind of medical care you want if you can't tell them yourself. The papers let you say ahead of time how you want to be treated and to select someone who will make sure your ...

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.

These 37 Small Quote Tattoos Will Help You Follow BIG Dreams
Sometimes all it takes is just a little inspiration to help you make big moves. Inspiring words can motivate you — and there's no better way to remind yourself daily than with tattoos that will stand the test of time. We rounded up small and subtle quote ...

Residents of a teenage Jared Kushner’s first real estate venture recall living with raw sewage and no heat
According to a deep dive into Jared Kushner’s introduction into the family real estate business, former tenants who lived in the first apartments the teen Kushner purchased — with family money — recall living without heat and problems with raw sewage ...

Do you need a degree to make a living as a Programmer ?
Programmers and Software Developers is one of the highest paid people in our society. The main reason for this is that the skillset needed to become a good programmer is not commonly seen in everyone. But, it comes this one question, do you need a degree ...

Woman living in luxury causes outrage over comments about Grenfell survivors
A woman has said that she will move out of her luxury pad if survivors of the Grenfell Tower inferno move in. The 'resentful' Kensington resident, called Donna, complained to LBC host Shelagh Fogarty that if the victims were rehoused in her billionaire ...

A Guide To Living Well Without Depression (3)
A collection of tips on how to begin treating depression makes the perfect starting point for a sufferer of the illness or someone related to a sufferer to begin to seek help and treatment. In the following article, you will be presented with a collection ...

Someone actually created a live feed of Trump's tweets as artwork for his living room
Think you've had enough of @realDonaldTrump? Try stepping into your living room and having a live feed of the president's hotly debated tweets on your wall. No need to turn on the news, no need to open your Twitter app — or any other form of social media.

The Greatest Living Animation Director Explains Why He’s Retiring
When The Simpsons paid tribute to animation legend Hayao Miyazaki in January, the video quickly went viral, becoming the third most viewed Simpsons clip on YouTube ever, with nearly 10 million views. Miyazaki, however, was not one of them. “Unfortunately ...

Safety concerns arise after woman allegedly attacked at senior living complex
HOUSTON - After the alleged brutal rape of an 88-year-old woman at the Brookdale West University Senior Living complex, new questions are swirling about Brookdale and if it did enough to keep its residents safe. "Why weren't actions taken that could have ...

Release Dates Set for ‘Tyler Perry’s She’s Living My Life’ Starring Taraji P. Henson and ‘Madea Family Funeral’
*Lionsgate is reserving Easter weekend for its next Tyler Perry movie. Taraji P. Henson teams with the director a third time for “Tyler Perry’s She’s Living My Life,” opening March 30 opposite competition from Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi adaptation ...

Austin Aries On Living A Vegan Lifestyle, Getting His Protein On The Road, Being A Skeptic At Heart
"I'm kind of a skeptic at heart. Even information that maybe backs the things I like to think are true, I still want to make sure that I'm not being blind to that. We live in a world with fake news being put out there. You don't really know what to trust ...

Power of Attorney
What is a 'Power of Attorney' A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document giving one person (the agent or attorney-in-fact) the power to act for another person (the principal). The agent can have broad legal authority or limited authority to make legal ...

Don't Let Your Power Of Attorney Become Powerless
One of the cornerstones of a solid financial plan is properly configured estate planning documentation—especially your medical and financial powers of attorney (POA). POAs give you the ability to legally authorize an individual to handle your affairs and ...

LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY NOT JUST FOR DEMENTIA SUFFERERS WARN EXPERTS
As the number of dementia cases steadily rises across the UK, there has been a surge in applications for Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) with most recent research from the Alzheimer’s Society showing an 89% increase in those registering for LPA between ...

Be Careful With That Power of Attorney!: Arbitration Clauses and Nursing Home Lawsuits
On May 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its opinion in Kindred Nursing Centers, L.P. v. Clark. This case addressed the issue of whether an agent acting pursuant to a power of attorney could bind an estate to an arbitration ...

Colliton: Tips to avoid power of attorney financial abuse
One of the most common reasons seniors likely hesitate to sign a power of attorney appointing another person to act on their behalf is fear of loss of control and exploitation. In this respect, as an elder law attorney, I admit some conflict. On the one ...

How Does an Alternate Agent Under a Power of Attorney Take Over When the Initial Agent Is Incapacitated?
This is a problem with many alternate designations on many durable powers of attorney—the power of attorney document doesn’t state clearly when the alternate should step in for the first designated agent. If it’s not clear from the document, third ...

Spring Hill man accused of stealing more than $100,000 from his dad
In October 2015, Caliendo obtained power of attorney over his father, Bernard, who was diagnosed with early-stage dementia, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. On March 29, 2016, Bernard Caliendo reported missing funds from his bank account to ...

Why you should appoint an Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardian in NSW?
An Enduring Power of Attorney (POA) allows you to appoint a person to manage your legal and financial affairs, even if you lose capacity. What is an Appointment of Enduring Guardian? An Appointment of Enduring Guardian (AEG) allows you to appoint a person ...

Power of Attorney for Minor Children
Roger Thorne is an attorney who began freelance writing in 2003. He has written for publications ranging from "MotorHome" magazine to "Cruising World." Thorne specializes in writing for law firms, Web sites, and professionals. He has a Juris Doctor from ...

Power of Attorney
One person in the UK develops dementia every three minutes. Yet don't assume relatives can just walk into a bank and access your money, even if it is to pay for your care. Unless you've a Power of Attorney already, loved ones would need to apply through ...

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