Now the hangover has passed and we are back into daily routine here are three
simple things you should sort out in the New Year to keep your AFFairs In Order
(thats the origin of the affio name).
1. Write your Will – it should take between half an hour and an hour to do on
affio. Print it, sign it in front of witnesses and put it somewhere safe.
Tell someone you trust where your Will is! Wills are much simpler than
people realise and it is better to have something and come back lat
A new exhibition at Somerset House in London is shining a light on William
Shakespeares life through legal documents and its centrepiece is the bard’s
Will and Testament. [http://www.bymewilliamshakespeare.org/shakespeares-will]
Notoriously Shakespeare left his second best bed to his wife Anne Hathaway –
not, it would seem, much of an inheritance for his wife! However her dowry and
the right to live in their house in Stratford-upon-Avon during her lifetime left
her relatively affluent.
In his mini-budget on Wednesday George Osborne confirmed that a couple would be
able to leave a home worth up to £1million to their children without incurring
any inheritance tax.
From 2017 a new transferable £175,000 allowance will be introduced for homes
being left to children or grandchildren to run alongside the existing £325,000.
He said “ the wish to pass something onto your children is a basic, human and
With this in mind then you would think that the majority of peo
“We must get the Will sorted” is a conversation couples have every few years. It
is often prompted by some family event or change in circumstance and may be
greeted by one of the parties with an unenthusiastic sigh, after all it all
sounds a bit of a chore.
What we have found at Affio is that far from being a chore it actually becomes a
very positive emotional experience. Think about it like this, you are spending
time really thinking about the life you have built and the things you have now
If you haven’t made a will, you’re in good company — or should I say bad
company, because some of the excuses are up there with “the dog ate my
According to some research done last year, more than half the adult population
of the UK doesn’t have a will. Reasons why include: it will bring you bad luck,
and everyone knows you are bound to die as soon as you so much as think about
Then there’s the “I’m a busy person” routine. You just haven’t got round to it.
If you have recently been considering making a will then you may have stumbled
across one of the many online will writing services.
While this may look like a fast, efficient way to prepare your last will and
testament, it may have left you with some unanswered questions.
Here we will take a look at the positives and negatives of using an online
service for your will preparation.
Preparing a will online saves a trip to the solicitors office and means that you
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If you have documented your wishes that are to be carried out after your death
in the form of a will, you will need to review it periodically.
Having your estate and finances distributed to people of your choosing can be
handled legally by way of a will. However if your circumstances change you may
want to alter things like beneficiaries or change assets that are bequeathed to
a specific person.
Life brings about many changes and there are a number of instances where you may
need to amend your Read More »
In the eventuality that the unthinkable happens, you will need a will to make
provision for your partner or spouse. This will not only ensure that they are
financially provided for, it will saves months of painful legal process and
potential disagreements with other relatives.
Making a will is not always on the forefront of everyone's mind especially when
daily living, work, and other things take over. However, it is a sound part of
your overall financial planning.
If you happen to die befor Read More »
Traditionally, the way to write a will and get your affairs in order has been to
engage the services of a solicitor. Having expert help to walk you through the
legal steps required gives a level of comfort and security when it comes to
making plans for your estate.
It also comes at a price.
Using a solicitor to document how you want your finances and assets managed in
the event of your passing does not come cheap. It can also take more than one
appointment which can rack up the cost.
An onl Read More »
You may have thought once or twice about preparing your will. It is one of those
tasks that is easily put off, but it is essential to protect your family, your
estate, and convey your wishes legally and effectively.
However, like many others you may have delayed writing your will for any number
It can be time consuming
It can be stressful or unpleasant
It can be expensive
To draft a will in the traditional manner you will need to book an appointment
with a solicitor, sort out Read More »