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- 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 of reasons. 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 »
- 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 Read More »
- 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 Last 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. W Read More »
- 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 natural aspiration” With this in mind then you would think that the majority of peo Read More »